Kim Jong-un's half-brother's surprising secret emerges

Kim Jong Nam the half-brother of Korean leader Kim Jong Un who was killed at klia2 in February 2017

In February 2017, Kim Jong Nam was attacked by two women in an airport in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, who smeared VX nerve agent on his face.

"His brother would have considered talking to American spies a treacherous act", she adds.

North Korea denied being involved; the USA and South Korean officials claimed the regime was responsible.

A former member of South Korea's intelligence agency, Nam Sung-wook, told NTD Television that if Kim Jong Un was the one to order his half-brother's assassination, he could have been sending a message that he is not to be messed with. He had been living overseas for years but could have been seen as a threat to Kim Jong Un's rule.

Officials also said that Kim was nearly certainly working with other national security services, especially China.

According to the New York Times, North Korea is "known to have stockpiled" chemical weapons, and US and South Korean authorities have accused its government of orchestrating the plot.

But US intelligence agencies concluded that Kim Jong-nam was ill-suited to fill such a role, several former US officials said.

Once seen as leader Kim Jong Il´s natural successor, Kim Jong Nam apparently fell from grace after being deported from Japan in 2001 for trying to enter on a forged passport to visit Disneyland.

Beyond that, it doesn't appear that Kim Jong Nam was the recipient of much confidence in the intelligence community.

According to the Journal, the person said Kim Jong0nam had traveled to Malaysia in February 2017 to meet his Central Intelligence Agency contact, although that may not have been the sole objective of the trip. Malaysia released Doan Thi Huong, who is Vietnamese, in May, and Indonesian Siti Aisyah in March.

During the women's trial, police said Kim had spent several days on the island of Langkawi, where he met a Korean-American man at a hotel.

Some defectors reported incidents in the mid-2010s where guards used metal detectors to find and confiscate mobile phones from witnesses to prevent them from recording the events, which showed the government's concern about the information on public executions getting outside the country, the report said.

The book says that security camera footage from Mr Kim's last trip to Malaysia showed him in a hotel elevator with an Asian-looking man who was reported to be a United States intelligence agent.

A human rights group said Tuesday it has identified hundreds of spots where witnesses claim North Korea carried out public executions and extrajudicial state killings as part of an arbitrary and aggressive use of the death penalty that is meant to intimidate its citizens.

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