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South Korea holds security meeting over death of North Korea leader's brother

Japanese Prime Minister Abe US President Trump South Korea holds security meeting over death of North Korea leader's brother
Lance Thomas | 15 February, 2017, 06:17

His killing was likely motivated by a recent news report that Kim Jong-Nam had sought to defect to the European Union, the United States or South Korea as far back as in 2012, he said.

Jang was accused of "corruption, womanizing, gambling, and taking drugs", not to mention failing to applaud with sufficient enthusiasm at a ceremony honoring Kim Jong-un, seeking to devalue North Korea's currency, and plotting to overthrow the government.

Police said Malaysia has received a request to send the body to North Korea but it would not be released until completion of a post-mortem, which was being undertaken on Wednesday.

It said that two women believed to be North Korean operatives were responsible for the poisoning. Joang was considered the second most powerful man in North Korea, but he was executed in 2013. The news agency Yonhap also reported the killing, without confirming any of those details.

According to the Mail, in 2011 a North Korean agent tried to assassinate Kim in Macau, but failed after a bloody shootout with his bodyguards.

"Loyalists may have wanted to get rid of him", he said.

Kim was at the time unaware that he had fallen out of favor with his father to lead the regime and denied reports that he had defected to China, according to a 2009 interview with Chinese news station NTDTV. "Personally, I am against third-generation succession", he told Japan's Asahi TV in 2010.

"If confirmed, the murder of Kim Jong-Nam would be an example that shows the brutality and inhumane nature of the North Korean regime", acting leader Hwang Kyo-Ahn told a meeting of top security officials earlier, according to his spokesman.

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"At one stage when he studied in France, Kim Jong-nam's son was threatened to be kidnapped and taken to North Korea so there was a lot of bad blood between the two half-brothers and potential assassination is conceivable".

Speculation quickly spread in South Korea on Tuesday that Kim Jong-un might be behind the reported death of his half brother.

"So there could be bad blood between the brothers", he said. TV Chosun said he had also been visiting Singapore and Malaysia, where he had girlfriends.

He was an outspoken critic of the North Korean regime and often spoke out against his family's control of the country.

The Tokyo Disneyland incident is thought to have spoilt his chances of succeeding Kim Jong-il, who died in 2011.

"And that's a big public holiday in North Korea". In his place, his half-brother Kim Jong Un rose to power.

"We hadn't heard from him for some time and I assumed he was lying low and that he wasn't really a threat to anybody", Mr Foster-Carter said. "This is the final touch in consolidating power", Youngshik Bong, a North Korean expert at Yonsei University in Seoul told FT.

Kim Jong Nam had a son named Kim Han Sol, who used to study in Bosnia and later France. Jong-Nam has been targeted in the past.

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