WHEN Kim Jong-
More than two years on, a book on the North Korean leader by Washington Post reporter Anna Fifield has revealed the CIA had recruited Kim Jong-
The book itself, The Great Successor, was released in early June but the London-based Times broke the story on 7 June. As well as noting that Kim Jong-
The murder itself was very public and the method used was bizarre. Kim Jong-
Asahi Shimbun’s report
A feature on the murder in the Japanese newspaper, the Asahi Shimbun, in March this year, noted that a Malaysian investigation has discovered about $US124,000 in cash in Kim Jong-
The most likely explanation is that the assassination was
Kim Jong-un may well have regarded his half-brother as a potential political threat, especially after tensions with China escalated over North Korea’s continuing nuclear and missile tests, which heightened the danger of a US military intervention. Beijing may well have been cultivating Kim Jong-
Citing “a person knowledgeable about the matter”, the paper said Kim Jong Nam had met with CIA operatives several times. Kim Jong Nam, who was once seen as
The source said Kim Jong Nam
Malaysian prosecutors eventually dropped the murder charges against them and Indonesian Siti Aisyah was released in March this year while her Vietnamese co-accused Doan Thi Huong was freed in May.
That Kim Jong-
The unnamed person
In other words, the Wall Street Journal article contained little of substance. Its main purpose appears to have been to play down the significance of Kim Jong-
US President Donald Trump told the press that he had just received “a beautiful letter” from Kim Jong-un and his relationship with the North Korean leader was going “very well.” Trump added that he had seen the “information about the CIA in regard to his brother or half-brother, and I would tell him [Kim Jong-un] that would not happen under my auspices.”
On face value, Trump’s suggestion that he would prevent the CIA from exploiting a top-level North Korean contact is absurd. The revelation that the CIA had a number of meetings with Kim Jong-
Trump’s remark tends to suggest that more was going on between the CIA and Kim Jong-
In February 2017, Kim Jong-un was anything but “a friend” of Trump, who had just been inaugurated and had signaled an extremely hostile attitude to North Korea. The previous month, president-elect Trump had seized on a North Korean statement that “it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the US” and flatly declared: “It won’t happen.”
Trump rapidly ramped up the confrontation with Kim Jong-un, whom he derisively branded as “rocket man.” In a fascistic tirade at the UN General Assembly
It was only in June 2018 that Trump did an abrupt about-face and held his first summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore. While Trump continues to brag that the meeting resulted in a halt to North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile testing, nothing is resolved.
If North Korea did orchestrate the assassination of Kim Jong-
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CCTV footage showed one of them placing her hands over his face, then both women leaving the scene.
North Korea has fiercely denied any involvement in the killing, but four men – believed to be North Koreans who fled Malaysia on the day of the murder – have also been charged in the case.
He was largely estranged from the
He had spoken out in the past against his family’s dynastic control of North Korea, and in a 2012 book was quoted as saying he believed his half-brother lacked leadership qualities.