The Washington Times - December 13, 2013, 02:19PM

The White House said Friday that North Korea’s reported execution of the uncle of leader Kim Jong-un is “another example of the extreme brutality of the North Korean regime.”

Presidential spokesman Jay Carney said the Obama administration hasn’t been able to confirm reports of the execution but has no reason to doubt them.

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Mr. Carney said the execution shows “the values of the regime, their low regard for human life and what is probably the worst human-rights record in the world.”

North Korea’s state-run news service said Jang Song-thaek was guilty of “attempting to overthrow the state by all sorts of intrigues and despicable methods with a wild ambition to grab the supreme power of our party and state.”

On Monday, the regime announced that Jang had been dismissed from his official post because of corruption, womanizing and drug-taking. He was considered to be a mentor of Mr. Kim’s.