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Kim Jong-un’s Uncle Still Alive, Dennis Rodman Claims

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By Anne Lu | May 6, 2014 11:21 AM EST

Kim Jong-un’s uncle was not executed by being fed to the dogs, former NBA star Dennis Rodman claims. In fact, Jang Song Thaek wasn’t killed at all. Rodman claims he saw him alive on one of his trips to North Korea.

In December, it was widely reported that the uncle of the reclusive Asian nation, who was once considered as one of the most powerful people in the country, was found guilty of plotting to overthrow the government, and was executed by being fed to hungry dogs.

The North Korean state media also confirmed that Jang was killed after committing “anti-state” acts.

But according to Rodman, Jang was alive. Not only that, Kim’s ex-girlfriend, Hyon Song-wol, was also alive.

Hyon and other North Korean performers were said to be executed by firing squad for allegedly filming a pornography.

“You could say anything here about North Korea and people would believe it,” he told DuJour magazine. “The last time I went there, when they said they killed his girlfriend, they killed his uncle, they just fed him to the dogs... They were standing right behind me.”

Rodman famously visited North Korea in 2013 to host basketball exhibitions. Apparently, Kim was a big fan of the Chicago Bulls, the team Rodman played in during his heyday.

The basketball star and the dictator have formed a friendship, which was highly criticised back in Rodman’s home country.

The U.S. baller said that his intention to go to the hermit country was misunderstood, and the American government even threatened to pull his passport to prevent him from returning to North Korea because “they’re afraid of me because I know so much.”

“They’ve got to be careful what they say, what they do, so I respect that. But for me, I mean, it’s freedom of speech. I’m not hurting anybody, I’m not putting anybody in danger, I’m just telling what I see. I have that leverage now that no one in the world has.”

He added that he asked the government for help, but he didn’t receive any response.

“I just wish people would actually take advantage of the situation that I have, instead of ridiculing me about everything I do. It’s so unfair. It’s very hard to try to do something like that in North Korea by yourself when the government don’t want to help you.”

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