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North Korean Leader’s Half-Brother Killed in Malaysia
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North Korean Leader’s Half-Brother Killed in Malaysia

The estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been killed in Malaysia, a South Korean government source said on Tuesday.

Kim Jong-nam, the older half-brother of the North Korean leader, was known to spend a significant amount of his time outside the country and had spoken out publicly against his family’s dynastic control of the isolated state.

Police in Malaysia told Reuters on Tuesday an unidentified North Korean man had died en route to hospital from Kuala Lumpur airport on Monday.

An employee in the emergency ward of Putrajaya hospital said a deceased Korean there was born in 1970 and surnamed Kim.

South Korea’s TV Chosun, a cable television network, said Kim was poisoned at Kuala Lumpur airport by two women believed to be North Korean operatives, who were at large, citing multiple South Korean government sources.

The South Korean government source who spoke to Reuters did not immediately provide further details.

South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said it could not confirm the reports, and the country’s intelligence agency could not immediately be reached for comment.

Kim Jong-nam and Kim Jong-un are both sons of former leader Kim Jong Il, who died in late 2011, but they had different mothers.

Kim Jong-nam was believed to be 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.

He said several times over the years that he had no interest in leading his country.

“Personally I am against third-generation succession,” he told Japan’s Asahi TV in 2010, before his younger had succeeded their father.

“I hope my younger brother will do his best for the sake of North Koreans’ prosperous lives.”

Caption: Kim Jong-nam in Macau in June 2010 (File Photo)

 

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