Kim Jong Un Executes Powerful Uncle

North Korea's Young leader's uncle was accused of trying to overthrow him.
3:00 | 12/13/13

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Overseas, a major shakeup in nuclear north korea. The young leader, kim jong-un, has executed his once-powerful uncle, labeling him, and i quote, worse than a dog, end quote. This morning, the world is taking notice of this apparent and very brazen power grab. Abc's martha raddatz traveling in the region. She joins us, now, from vietnam. Martha? Reporter: Good morning, josh. The news of the execution has stunned this region of the world. Not only has kim jong-un executed a powerful older family member. But the execution was publicly announced. Something the secretive nation just never does. Photos were released of the uncle being arrested, bound and later dragged before a military tribunal.Accused of trying to overthrow the young leader. He was called a traitor for all ages and despicable human scum. Experts fear this means the younger kim has an even greater lust for power over the nuclear armed nation and will tolerate no descent. Josh? Meanwhile, big changes could be coming to the government's secret surveillance program.

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