Kim Jong Un's half-brother dies in Malaysian airport, police say

Kim Jong Un's half-brother dies in Malaysian airport, police say

Kim Jong Un's half-brother dies in Malaysian airport, police say

The announcement was first made by the Yonhap News Agency, South Korea's largest news agency, on Tuesday, which said 45-year-old Kim Jong-nam, the eldest son of late former leader Kim Jong-il, was "killed" in Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Monday. The men deliberated on a response in a dining room at Trump's Mar-a-Lago club, in full view of other diners. Lee was assassinated on South Korean soil in 1997. Although he disavowed any continued interest in the leadership, North Korea watchers invariably raised his name as a potential replacement in the case of a coup d'etat against Kim Jong Un. The Reuters news agency reported that the women were believed to be North Korean operatives. What is likely to take much longer to determine is whether the plot was orchestrated directly by Kim Jong Un, who recently celebrated five years at the helm of North Korea and is now locked in a showdown with the worldwide community over his nuclear ambitions.

He was reportedly overlooked for the succession following a botched attempt to enter Japan on a forged passport in May 2001 - when he claimed he wanted to visit Disney's Tokyo resort.

Speculation and rumors surrounding Kim Jong-nam's killing are rapidly swelling, despite any concrete evidence as to why Jong-nam was killed now.

He said Seoul should "urge the Malaysian government to promptly identify the truth of the case and present it to the global community". He told police that he and his family were on their way to Tokyo's Disneyland.

South Korea's government has said North Korea also executed a vice premier for education in 2016 for unspecified anti-revolutionary and factional acts, and a defense minister in 2015 for complaining and sleeping during a meeting.

Why was Kim Jong Nam killed?

Jong nam was a vocal opponent of the "hereditary transfer" of power to Jong-un, who has been the supreme leader of the so-called hermit kingdom for the past six years, according to media reports.

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In Washington, the State Department said it was aware of reports of Kim Jong Nam's death but declined to comment, referring questions to Malaysian authorities.

In January 2012, Mr Kim reportedly fled Macau out of fear of his life, as his home was exposed to North Korean agents and the media.

But at the same time, Madden noted that Kim Jong Nam had publicly said he would do anything to help the new leader.

Kim told Yoji Gomi the country would collapse without reform, but reform would lead to the collapse of the Kim dynasty, while noting his brother would be little more than a puppet figure, used by the ruling elite.

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

"The older brother, Jong-Chul, had the warm heart of a girl", Fujimoto wrote.

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