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Details on how North Korean leader Kim Jong Un executed his own uncle for “attempting to overthrow the state” have come to light — and they’re more graphic than you could imagine.

According to a newspaper with close ties to China’s ruling Communist Party, Kim stripped Jang Song Thaek naked, threw him in a cage, and left him to be eaten alive by a pack of ravenous dogs.

In addition, the man who was believed to be in charge of training his young nephew to take over was executed as a traitor, indicating a shake-up in Kim Jong Un’s regime. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports. Thaek was considered Kim’s second-in-command before the brutal execution.

Hong Kong-based pro-Beijing newspaper Wen Wei Po reported that Jang and his five closest aides were set upon by 120 hunting hounds which had been starved for five days.

Kim and his brother Kim Jong Chol supervised the one-hour ordeal along with 300 other officials, according to Wen Wei Po. The newspaper added that Jang and other aides were “completely eaten up.”

U.S. officials, however, told NBC News on Friday that they could not confirm the reports.

“This is not ringing any bells here,” said one senior official.

Do you find it hard to believe, based on North Korea and Kim’s reputation? Let us know below…

SOURCE: NBC | VIDEO SOURCE: News, Inc.