North Korean leader's uncle likely ousted, S. Korean lawmakers say

The powerful uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "very likely" has been removed from his top-level position in government, two South Korean lawmakers said Tuesday, citing a briefing they received from their county's intelligence service.

And two close allies of Jang Sung-taek -- Lee Yong-ha and Jang Soo-kee -- have been publicly executed, one of the South Korean lawmakers said at a news conference.

The lawmakers, including Cho Won-jin of the governing Saenuri Party, said this after receiving what they said was a briefing from South Korea's National Intelligence Service.

CNN has not been able to independently confirm the report.

Jang Sung-taek was the brother-in-law of North Korea's previous ruler and Kim's father, Kim Jong Il. When the elder Kim died and the son succeeded him, analysts told CNN that Jang would serve as a power-behind-the-throne as the younger Kim took control of the reclusive nation.

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