The execution of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle brought a swift and violent end to a man long considered the country's second-most-powerful.
North Korea's state-run media on Friday announced that Jang Song Thaek had been executed, and portrayed him as a morally corrupt traitor, calling him worse than a dog.
It's a stunning reversal of the popular image of Jang as a mentor and father figure guiding young Kim Jong Un as he consolidated power.
International security expert Jim Walsh joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson to discuss the significance.
This segment aired on December 13, 2013.