Kim Jong Un's Half-Brother Killed, Myanmar Woman Detained

Kim Jong-nam was North Korea's only international playboy

The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has died in Malaysia, police on the island nation have confirmed to CBS News, amid reports in South Korea that he was killed.

Five years later, Kim Jong Nam was attacked on Monday in the second terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia, which is reserved for low-priced carriers.

Malaysian police officers stand outside Putrajaya Hospital, outside Kuala Lumpur, where the body of Kim Jong Un's brother was initially brought.

Malaysian authorities denied a request by North Korean officials to turnover the body without a postmortem, according to WSJ.

A post-mortem is being carried out to establish the exact cause of death.

Meanwhile, China's Foreign Ministry reportedly said Wednesday it was closely watching the developments in Kim Jong Nam's murder case. The NIS has a history of botching intelligence on North Korea and has long sought to portray the country's leaders as mentally unstable.

"The event explicitly showed the tragic reality of Kim Jong-un's reign of terror", explained Rep. Kim Myung-yeon, "It has increased the possibility that Kim will seek abrupt provocations against South Korea and the worldwide community to maintain his regime".

There is also a dividing view of whether the apparent assassination can "be understood as a display of Kim Jong-un's tightening grip on power or conversely, as symbolic of the young leader's struggle for stability", says Dr Bell.
Nam Sung-wook at Korea University said, "Kim Jong-un now marks his fifth year in power and seems to have done some pruning to streamline his leadership structure". It is possible that Kim Jong Un feels under threat and that his eldest half-brother could have been promoted as an alternative leader.

Kim, who had not yet passed through security, was preparing to take a late-morning flight on Monday from the Malaysian capital to his home in Macau when he was allegedly attacked, according to South Korean MPs briefed by security services.

Yoji Gomi, the author of " My Father, Kim Jong Il, and I: Kim Jong Nam's Exclusive Confession' told the Telegraph in 2012 that Kim felt suffocated by Chinese agents who he didn't know if they were protecting him or monitoring him.

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

Malaysian police identified the dead man only as 46-year-old Kim Chol, based on the documents he was carrying when he died.

Cheong Seong-Jang, senior researcher at Seoul's Sejong Institute think-tank, said Pyongyang had been closely watching Kim Jong-nam. Its spy agency is said to have told lawmakers they believe Mr Kim was poisoned.



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