Jang was once seen as Kim's mentor long considered the country's second power - but his removal was blamed on 'corruption, drug use, gambling and womanizing'
Merrill Newman, 85, was taken off a plane last month, accused of ordering the deaths of North Koreans during the 1950-3 war.
North Korea on Saturday freed an 85-year-old US veteran of the Korean War after a six-week-long detention, ending the saga of Merrill Newman's attempt to visit the North as a tourist six decades after he oversaw a group of South Korean wartime guerrillas still loathed by Pyongyang.
North Korea is facing what could be its most serious defection in 15 years after a man who managed funds for the ousted uncle of leader Kim Jong-un fled the isolated country, South Korean media said on Friday.
Plutonium enrichment plant closed in 2007 as part of aid deal
Closure of border unit was a major blow to heavily indebted economy of North
Former NBA star restrained after losing his temper at reporters
United Nations expert panel in Seoul hears harrowing evidence from former inmates
Crew riots and captain attempts suicide as officials board vessel
Talks aim at cooling relations after leader Kim Jong-un threatened nuclear war earlier this year
Meeting promised a cool in relations after a tense few months on the peninsula
Meeting could cool relations after a tense few months
An American detained for nearly six months in North Korea has been sentenced to 15 years of “compulsory labour” for unspecified crimes against the state.
Analysts say North Korea will probably hand Bae a harsh punishment to use him as a bargaining chip in possible negotiations with the US
I loved the chipper ferocity of John Sweeney's tour guides. But where are they now?
US Secretary of State John Kerry met China's top leaders today in a bid to persuade them to exert pressure on North Korea to scale back its belligerent rhetoric and, eventually, return to nuclear talks.