May 26, 2020 | 5:08 PM IST
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Kim Jong Un’s half-bro killed in 2017 was a CIA informant

Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un who was killed in Malaysia in 2017, was an informant of the US Central Intelligence Agency, said a report. Two women from Vietnam have been charged with poisoning Kim Jong Nam by smearing a prohibited chemical weapon- VX nerve agent- at Kuala Lumpur airport on February 13, 2017. 

He was Late North Korean Dictator Kim Jong II’s eldest son and is said to have ‘met on several occasions with agency operatives’. He could have been seen as a threat to Kim Jong Un’s rule.

The report said that many details of Kim Jong Nam’s association with the CIA were unclear and there was a nexus between them. It said, “Several former US officials said the half-brother lived outside of North Korea for several years and had no known power base in Pyongyang. It was unlikely to be able furnish details of the inner functioning of a country that works real hard to maintain its secrecy.” 

It further said that the former officials also said Kim Jong Nam had been almost certainly in contact with security services of other countries, particularly China’s. According to North Korean officials, the assassination of Kim Jong Nam was critical of his family’s dynastic rule. 

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