North Korean leader's ousted uncle alive and safe: South Korean minister
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The uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is alive and appears to be safe, South Korea's unification minister said on Wednesday, a day after the South's National Intelligence Service said he had been removed from two powerful positions. Jang Song Thaek, considered the second-most powerful man in the impoverished, reclusive North, was last seen in public in early November at a basketball match between North Korean and Japanese teams in Pyongyang. "I understand that Jang Song Thaek is not in any physical danger," Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae told lawmakers gathered at an emergency sub-committee meeting in Seoul. Jang's wife, Kim Kyong Hui, also appeared to be safe, Ryoo added, but he declined to comment further.
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