Claims N. Korean leader Kim Jong Un fed his uncle Jang Song Thaek to pack of starving dogs possible, experts say

Kate Schwass-Bueckert, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:56 PM ET

It's just so crazy, it could be true.

Media reports circulating Friday that the uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Jang Song Thaek, was executed in December by being stripped naked and thrown into a cage with 120 hounds that had been starved for three days.

The report said 300 people watched Thaek's execution called "quan jue" — execution by dog — which took an hour, and was overseen by Jong Un himself.

While many were skeptical of the report's scant evidence — it's only source being Hong Kong-based website Wen Wei Po — Canadian experts weren't so quick to call it rubbish.

"I never would have thought he would have killed his uncle, so it's not out of the realm of possibility," North Korean expert Don Baker, a University of British Columbia professor, said Friday.

He said it's believed Jong Un's older brother Kim Jong-nam, who has spoken out against the regime, is in China and could be why the story originated there.

Baker, who said he has trouble believing the report, said there is also a video that purports to show Jang being shot by a firing squad, a much more likely form of execution.

Rhoda Howard-Hassmann, the Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., also said it's hard to say just how Thaek may have been executed.

"The North Koreans do use really terrible punishments," she said. "I wouldn't rule it out."

She said some communication crosses the North Korea border to China through black market trade, so tidbits like this might have stemmed from actual witnesses.


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