SKorea's Park raps NKorean leader over purging

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People watch a TV news program at Seoul Railway Station, South Korea, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 showing Jang Song Thaek, center, uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, being grabbed during an emergency meeting of Workers Party's Central Committee in Pyongyang the day before. North Korea announced Monday it had sacked leader Jang, long considered the country's No. 2 power, saying corruption, drug use, gambling, womanizing and generally leading a "dissolute and depraved life" had caused Pyongyang's highest-profile fall from grace since Kim took power two years ago. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's president has called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's purging of his uncle and his followers a "reign of terror" that could deepen uncertainty about ties between the rival Koreas.

North Korea announced Monday that it had sacked Kim's uncle and top official Jang Song Thaek, citing a slew of corruption and anti-state charges. The country's state media said Jang followers have also been purged but didn't elaborate.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye told a Cabinet Council meeting Tuesday that Kim's purging is aimed at bolstering his power and inter-Korean relations could be "further unstable."

Park's comments carried by South Korean media pool reports were posted on the website of Park's office.