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Kim Jong Un's half-brother assassinated in Malaysia

15 February 2017

He was taken to the airport clinic and then died on the way to the hospital, the official said. That year, he attempted to enter Japan with a false passport, reportedly to visit Tokyo Disneyland. According to Malaysian daily Berita Harian, Malaysian police say a woman approached Kim at a departure lounge at 8am, where he was to board a flight to Macau, and covered his head with a cloth soaked in an unidentified liquid that stung his eyes. Someone killed North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un's older half-brother Kim Jong Nam in Malaysia on Monday.

"An investigation is in progress and a post-mortem examination request has been made, to ascertain the cause of death", Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said.

Pyongyang-watchers have claimed Kim Jong-Un was attempting to get rid of his half-brother to bolster his own claim to the leadership of North Korea.

Malaysia has been a hotbed of North Korean intrigue.

South Korea's national news agency Yonhap quoted a source as saying agents of the North's spy agency, the Reconnaissance General Bureau, carried out the assassination on Monday by taking advantage of a security loophole between Jong-Nam's bodyguards and Malaysian police at the airport.

South Korean experts on North Korean affairs reached a consensus that the assassination could not have occurred without the authorization and instruction of Kim Jong-un.

"My dad (Jong-Nam) was not really interested in politics", Kim told the interviewer when asked why his father was passed over for the dynastic succession in favour of his younger brother.

Airport authorities rushed him to the hospital and he died on the way, ACP Abdul said.

Kim Jong Nam was the eldest son of North Korea's previous leader, Kim Jong Il, and was once considered the favorite to succeed his father. The major holiday this Thursday is called the "Day of the Shining Star" and will be feted with figure skating and synchronized swimming exhibitions, fireworks and mass rallies.

Mr Kim was known to lead a life of luxury outside his country.

In 2014 Jong-Nam was reported to be in Indonesia - sighted at an Italian restaurant run by a Japanese businessman in Jakarta - and was said to be shuttling back and forth between Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and France.

North Korean state media reported that Kim Jong Un oversaw the test of its new, nuclear capable Pukguksong-2 missile, which it described as successful.

He was believed to have been close to his uncle, who was North Korea's second most powerful man before being executed on Kim Jong Un's orders in 2013. She has not been seen in public for more than three years, Gause said.

Kim was his father's oldest son, born on 10 May 1971. Kim Jong Un's aunt told The Washington Post last year that the current leader had been chosen as successor in the early 1990s when he was only 8 years old. North Korea has not commented on the issue so far. Although he disavowed any continued interest in the leadership, North Korea watchers invariably raised his name as a potential replacement in the case of a coup d'etat against Kim Jong Un.

"I have conveyed the matter to the North Korean Embassy", he told Bernama.

Kim Jong Un's half-brother assassinated in Malaysia