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Kim Jong Un's estranged brother killed in Malaysia

Kim Jong Un's estranged brother killed in Malaysia

The Malaysian police report issued on Tuesday night confirmed a 46-year-old North Korean man, who was traveling with a passport under the name of Kim Chol, died en route to a hospital after seeking medical help in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Two women, thought to be North Korean agents, are suspected of carrying out the assassination, South Korea's spy agency reportedly said. "We are still looking for a few suspects, they are all still in Malaysia".

An account of the death from police spokesman, Fadzil Ahmat, suggests that the victim was poisoned with a cloth.

"We should take this as an action that reflects Jong Un's paranoia", Lee said.

Since rising to power following the death of his father in 2011, Kim Jong-un has proved ruthless in removing enemies and rivals. His mother, actress Sung-Hae Rym, was one of four reported wives (or consorts) Kim Jong-il had during his lifetime.

Nam had spent a lot of time outside the hermit kingdom in recent years, principally in Macau and China, and had openly criticized the dynastic aspects of his family's leadership - saying he believed his brother's reign would end in failure.

A younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, was named a member of the Workers' Party of Korea's Central Committee during a North Korean party congress last May.

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The intelligence officials of South Korea have said Kim Jong-num, the half-brother of Kim Jong-un, was apparently poisoned before he leaves Malaysia.

The head of Kuala Lumpur Hospital's forensics department, Mohamad Shah Mahmood, was taking part in the autopsy, according to AFP.

The analyst said that such reports seek to put the focus on China-North Korea relations, because of a theory that Kim Jong-nam was seen by Beijing as an alternative North Korean leader. Kim Jong Nam is also the eldest son of former leader Kim Jong Il.

Analysts said at the time, toward the end of 2010, that Kim Jong Nam was prone to spending so much time outside his native land that his opinion carried little weight within the Kim dynasty. However Malaysian authorities have not made a decision on whether the body would eventually be handed over to North Korea.

Malaysia is one of a dwindling number of countries that has close relations with North Korea, which is under tightening global sanctions over its nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches, the latest of which took place on Sunday.

Since then he has "gone to ground" so there is a theory that some agents orchestrated the assassination to get Kim Jong-un's approval, says Mr Foster-Carter, emphasising that this is highly speculative though.

Kim was estranged from his half-brother, the North Korean leader.


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