Who Was Kim Jong Nam? North Korean Leader's Half-Brother Killed in Malaysia
South Korean news agency Yonhap reported that agents from North Korea's spy agency had carried out the assassination by taking advantage of a security lapse between his bodyguards and Malaysian airport police.
Jong-nam was scheduled to take a flight to Macau from Malaysia on Monday morning, but is said to have died enroute to the hospital.
According to a South Korean government source, Kim Jong-nam was killed in Malaysia on February 14, 2017.
Kim Jong-nam, the eldest son of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, does not hold an official title and has played no part in running North Korea.
"The assassination is a clear reminder that Kim Jong-un's family members are not an exception to his a reign of terror", said Kim Yong-hyun, a professor of North Korean studies at Dongguk University.
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A third sibling, Kim Jong Chul, was rumored to have been ruled out as his father's successor for being too "effeminate", Scott Snyder of the Council on Foreign Relations wrote in 2012. That surely seems like an understatement after the apparent murder of Kim Jong-nam, the older ne'er-do-well half-brother of the current dictator Kim Jong-un.
There is no doubt that Kim's case would mark the most high-profile death case under the Kim Jong-un regime since the execution of Jang Song-thaek. Malaysians and North Koreans can visit each other's countries without the need for a visa.
Officially, Beijing has voiced support for the North Korean succession. His father died in 2011, and his mother passed away in 2004. That's when the world moved their eyes "to Kim Jong Chol and Kim Jong Un, Kim Jong Il's sons through another woman who became the leader's companion".
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.
HE was the cheeky playboy half-brother of tyrant leader Kim Jong-un. Jong Nam was also a strong advocate of nuclear disarmament-the precise opposite of Kim Jong Il's songun ("military first") ethos. Her roots in Japan, Korea's former colonial master, had negative implications in the North and were kept hidden from the ordinary people. This news story is related to Latest/186261-Half-brother-of-N-Korean-leader-assassinated-in-Malaysia/ - breaking news, latest news, pakistan ne.
Regardless of which brother got the assassin treatment, this serves to remind everyone about the nature of the Kim regime in Pyongyang. The South's government has said the North also executed a vice premier for education in 2016 for unspecified anti-revolutionary and factional acts, and a defense minister in 2015 for treason.
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