Assassinated brother of Kim was 'CIA informer'

North Korean leader's slain half-brother was a CIA informant Wall Street Journal

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's assassinated brother was 'CIA informant'

"The book says that security camera footage from Kim Jong Nam's last trip to Malaysia showed him in a hotel elevator with an Asian-looking man who was reported to be a US intelligence agent", Reuter noted. At least, this is the assertion made in a new book being released.

The CIA has declined comment to The Wall Street Journal or Washington Post.

The murder itself was very public and the method used freakish.

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.

He soon began to feel ill, found his way to a medical station and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

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There have been no reports on the letter from the DPRK's media so far. Kim Jong-nam had been living overseas, mainly in Macau under China's protection, after falling out of favour with his father, Kim Jong-il. Ms Kim was photographed talking to Mr Chung and lawmaker Park Ji-won near a wreath for Madam Lee Hee-ho, who died on Monday at the age of 96. Beijing may well have been cultivating Kim Jong-nam as a potential replacement.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife, Kim Jung-sook, exchange gifts with King Harald of Norway in the Royal Palace in Oslo, June 12, 2019.

Mr Trump spoke a day after the Wall Street Journal reported that Mr Kim's slain halfbrother, Mr Kim Jong Nam, was a source for the Central Intelligence Agency.

The newspaper cited an unnamed "person knowledgeable about the matter" for the report. Bolton said to the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, "We are ready whenever they want".

Blue House spokesman Yoon Do-han said in a briefing Wednesday that Kim Yo Jong hoped the family of the former president and first lady could overcome their sadness and pursue their wishes of inter-Korean cooperation.

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Despite stalled negotiations, US officials believe that Deputy Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui will be the new counterpart of US Special Representative to North Korea, Steve Biegun, but that has not been confirmed by the North Koreans.

The comments were not helpful but were not seen as an impediment to U.S. intelligence efforts, both sources said.

South Korean agencies said Tuesday they could not confirm a report that the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was a USA intelligence source and had travelled to Malaysia to meet his CIA contact before being assassinated there in 2017.

In emails to a Japanese journalist obtained by North Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper in 2012, Kim suggested that the regime would collapse under his younger brother, who he said "resembles my grandfather", North Korean dictator and founder Kim Il-sung.

Trump, who has described previous correspondence from Kim as "beautiful letters", said the most recent one was a "very warm, very nice letter".

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