SKorea's Park raps NKorean leader over purging

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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.