North Korean leader's half brother killed in Malaysia
  • Tue, 02/14/2017 09:23 PM

A South Korean government source informed Reuters on Tuesday of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un getting killed in Malaysia. Kim Jong Nam, the older half brother of the North Korean leader, had always spent major time outside the country and boldly spoken out publicly against his family's dynastic control of the isolated state. He was believed to be in his mid-40s.

Tuesday, Malaysian police officer, Abdul Aziz Ali, police chief for the Sepang district, had informed Reuters of an unidentified North Korean man dying en route to hospital from Kuala Lumpur airport on Monday. The man’s identity was not verified. Later an employee in the emergency ward of Putrajaya hospital informed of the deceased Korean born in 1970 and surnamed Kim. According to TV Chosun, a cable television network, Kim was poisoned at the Kuala Lumpur airport by two women, supposedly North Korean operatives, who were at large, citing multiple South Korean government sources. The South Korean government source did not provide further details. South Korea's foreign ministry could not confirm reports while the country's intelligence agency was unavailable for comment.

Born of different mothers, Kim Jong Nam and Kim Jong Un were sons of former leader Kim Jong Il, who died in late 2011. Kim Jong Nam was supposedly close to his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, who was North Korea's second most powerful man before being executed on Kim Jong Un's orders in 2013. In 2001, Kim Jong Nam was caught in a Japanese airport with a fake passport where he stated of wanting to visit Tokyo Disneyland. He was known to travel to Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China. He had repeatedly stated of having no interest in leading his country and was against third-generation succession. He had stated so on Japan's Asahi TV in 2010 and hoped that his younger brother would do everything for North Koreans' prosperous lives.

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