South Korean agencies can't confirm report claiming that Kim Jong-un's half brother Kim Jong-nam was CIA source

South Korean agencies on Tuesday have said that they can not confirm a report by The Wall Street Journal that the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-nam, was a US intelligence source.

The Associated Press June 11, 2019 15:16:37 IST
South Korean agencies can't confirm report claiming that Kim Jong-un's half brother Kim Jong-nam was CIA source
  • South Korean agencies on Tuesday have said that they can not confirm a report by The Wall Street Journal that the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Uu, Kim Jong-nam, was a US intelligence source.

  • Officials at South Korea’s National Intelligence Service and Unification Ministry, which oversees ties with North Korea, said they couldn’t confirm the report

  • The Journal said Kim Jong-nam met on several occasions with CIA operatives, but also that many details of his relationship with the agency remain unclear

Seoul: South Korean agencies on Tuesday have said that they can not confirm a report by The Wall Street Journal that the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-nam, was a US intelligence source and had traveled to Malaysia to meet his CIA contact before being assassinated there in 2017.

South Korean agencies cant confirm report claiming that Kim Jonguns half brother Kim Jongnam was CIA source

File image of Kim Jong-Nam. AP

Officials at South Korea’s National Intelligence Service and Unification Ministry, which oversees ties with North Korea, said they couldn’t confirm the report, which attributed the details to an unidentified “person knowledgeable about the matter.”

It’s extremely difficult for outside governments and media to verify information about North Korea and members of its secretive ruling family because Pyongyang closely watches visitors and enforces a stringent information blockade on its citizens. Outside media have a checkered history of relying on sources purporting to reveal secret information about the North that’s later proven incorrect or incomplete.

The Wall Street Journal said Kim Jong-nam met on several occasions with CIA operatives, but also that many details of his relationship with the agency remain unclear. Messages left with the CIA weren’t immediately returned.

Kim Jong-nam was killed on 13 February, 2017,  when two young women smeared VX nerve agent on his face at a Kuala Lumpur International Airport terminal.

Murder charges were dropped against the women earlier this year. They had been accused of colluding with four North Koreans who prosecutors said had fled the country the day of the attack.

Lawyers for the women have said they were pawns in a political assassination with clear links to the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. The US and South Korea, too have blamed North Korea, but Malaysian officials never officially accused Pyongyang of involvement.

Kim Jong-nam was the eldest son in the current generation of North Korea’s ruling family and could have been seen as a threat to Kim Jong-un’s rule.

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