Half brother of North Korean leader assassinated in Malaysia
February 14, 2017
The half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been reportedly killed by two female assassins wielding poisonous darts
(WASHINGTON, DC) The estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been killed in Malaysia, police have confirmed, according to Reuters. The cause of death remains unknown.
Police earlier told Reuters that an unidentified man had died en route to hospital from Kuala Lumpur airport.
It was later confirmed that the man was Kim Jong Nam, Kim Jong-un’s older half brother.
South Korea’s TV Chosun reported that Kim had been poisoned at the airport by two women believed to be North Korean operatives.
Those women are at large, according to the outlet, which cited multiple South Korean government sources.
South Korea’s foreign ministry said it could not confirm the reports, and the country’s intelligence agency could not be reached for comment by Reuters.
Kim Jong Nam was known to spend a significant amount of time outside of North Korea, and had spoken publicly against his family’s control of his home country.
He said multiple times that he had no interest in leading his country.
“Personally I am against third-generation succession,” he told Japan’s Asahi TV in 2010.
“I hope my younger brother will do his best for the sake of North Koreans’ prosperous lives,” he continued.
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