Jang Song-taek 'Killed for Sleazy Past'

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's uncle was executed chiefly for his role overseeing a thinly disguised prostitution ring for the nomenklatura, the Kim family's former sushi chef claims.

Kenji Fujimoto claimed Jang Song-taek was eliminated because of his role supplying young women for a "pleasure brigade" for former leader Kim Jong-il, because his son detested his father's womanizing.

Fujimoto told the U.K.'s Daily Mail on Saturday that when Kim Jong-un returned to North Korea aged 18 from study abroad, he "found himself exposed to his father's 'pleasure brigade,'" which are groups of beautiful young women who sing, strip and perform massages or sexual favors.

Fujimoto added that Jong-un was shy with girls and "loathes having relationships with multiple women."

Fujimoto escaped from North Korea in 2001 but has been back for a visit at the invitation of Kim Jong-un.

He not only cooked for the Kims but spent hours every day with Jong-un when he was a child. "Jong-un was always very grown-up and hated being treated like a child," Fujimoto said. "Even when he was just nine years old, his aunt would call him 'little general' and he said, 'What? Am I a kindergarten kid now?' and got really angry."

Fujimoto has made a second career telling tales out of school about the Kim family.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 25, 2014 12:27 KST

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