Kim Jong Un's Half-Brother Reportedly Killed in Malaysia

Kim Jong Nam drew global attention in 2001 when he was arrested in Japan while attempting to visit Tokyo Disneyland with his son on a fake Dominican Republic passport.

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Reuters reported that the man, in his mid-40s, had died on the way to a hospital from Kuala Lumpar airport the day before.

It was, it was later claimed, because he wanted to visit Disneyland. From the moment he was he began appearing in public, Kim Jong Un has emphasized striking similarities with his grandfather like gaining weight, wearing the same eyeglasses and even having an identical haircut.

His parents: Kim is the son of Kim Jong Il, who was the supreme leader of North Korea between 1994 and 2011, and Ko Yong Hui, a consort.

Kim was once questioned in Macau by a reporter about the likelihood that his brother would take over the leadership of North Korea, and he seemed to accept his fate.

"Kim Jong Nam was feeling unwell on Monday morning while he was waiting for a flight to Macau at KLIA". But if true, the latest reports would mark another surprising development in the tales of North Korea's leadership. He is believed to have been born May 10, 1971, although birthdays are always unclear for senior North Koreans, Gause said.

After the death of Jong-il in late 2011, Jong-Nam had gone into hiding, fearing that Jong-un would see him as a threat and make him a target. "He wants North Korea to embrace economic reform and open its doors".

The Malaysian inspector general of police said in a news release the deceased North Korean man was traveling with a passport bearing the name Kim Chol.

In 1997, Lee Han-young, nephew of Sung Hae-rim, was shot at his apartment outside Seoul, 15 years after he defected to the capitalist South. Investigators suspected that Lee was the target of an assassination by North Korean agents.

"At this moment we can not give any clear motive including whether this case is linked to conflicts inside or outside of North Korea", he said.

Kim Jong-nam, the older sibling of the current leader of North Korea, fell ill at the airport before dying on his way to a Malaysian hospital.

A South Korean news channel citing government sources had reported, however, that Kim Jong-nam had been attacked by two female assailants who pricked him with poisoned needles before fleeing the airport in a taxi.

The U.S. State Department said it is aware of the reports about Kim's death, but had no further comment. The two were once rumored to have plotted to overthrow Kim Jong Un with China's help.

If an assassination is confirmed, it would be in keeping with the modus operandi of the North Korean regime. He's also older than Jong-un, and perhaps a potential rival if factions develop in Pyongyang seeking to depose Jong-un.

  • Elsie Buchanan