Report: Murdered Half-brother of N. Korean Leader Met with US Intelligence
Media reports say the half-brother of North Korea's leader was working with a United States intelligence agency. Kim Jong Nam was killed in Malaysia in 2017.
The Wall Street Journal reported Monday on the claim. The newspaper said that an unnamed "person knowledgeable about the matter" had provided information about the case.
Other news agencies have not been able to confirm the story. The Central Intelligence Agency has declined to comment on the issue.
Officials at South Korea's National Intelligence Service and the Unification Ministry, which oversees ties with North Korea, also said they could not confirm the report.
The Wall Street Journal report says officials believe Kim Jong Nam had likely been in contact with security services of other countries. However, Kim Jong Nam probably did not know about the country's "inner workings," the newspaper quotes one former unnamed official as saying. Kim Jong Nam had remained outside of North Korea for a long time.
Reuters news agency reports that Kim Jong Nam's possible activities for U.S. intelligence are noted in a new book about North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un. The book, "The Great Successor," was written by Washington Post reporter Anna Fifield. It is being released this week.
Fifield says in her book that Kim Jong Nam met with intelligence agents in Singapore and Malaysia.
Kim Jong Nam's 2017 death in Malaysia
South Korean and U.S. officials have said that North Korean officials ordered the killing of Kim Jong Nam after he criticized the country's family-ruled leadership. North Korea has denied this.
In February of 2017, two women smeared a substance on the face of Kim Jong Nam while he was in Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Investigators said the substance that the women used contained VX nerve agent, a banned chemical weapon. He died soon afterwards.
Malaysian officials arrested the two women, Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong and Indonesian Siti Aisyah, shortly after the incident. Government lawyers charged the two with murder. Those charges were reduced, however, and both were released earlier this year.
Kim Jong Nam was the oldest son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and the half-brother of current leader Kim Jong Un.
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The shells contained an experimental chemical weapon, a nerve agent.
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It was the world's first major chemical attack using sarin, a nerve agent which attacks the respiratory system.
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4.intelligence agents 情报人员
They have maintaining communication with foreign intelligence agents for years.
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6.The Wall Street Journal report says officials believe Kim Jong Nam had likely been in contact with security services of other countries.
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媒体报道称，朝鲜领导人同父异母的哥哥金正男曾与美国情报机构合作 。金正男于2017年在马来西亚遇害 。
《华尔街日报》周一报道了这一说法 。该报称，一位匿名的知情人士提供了有关此案的信息 。
其它新闻机构尚未证实这一说法 。美国中情局拒绝对此发表评论 。
《华尔街日报》报道称，有关官员认为，金正男可能与其它国家的安全部门有过接触，然而，金正男可能不了解该国的“内部运作 。”该报援引了一位不愿透露姓名的前官员的说法 。金正男长期在国外生活 。
据路透社报道，金正男可能与美国情报官员进行的活动在一本有关朝鲜领导人金正恩的新书中有所提及 。这本名为《伟大的继承者》的新书是《华盛顿邮报》记者安娜·费菲尔德所写，该书将在本周发布 。
2017年2月，当金正男出现在吉隆坡国际机场时，两名女性往其脸部涂抹了一种物质 。调查人员表示，她们涂抹的是含有VX神经毒剂——一种禁用的化学武器 。金正男很快中毒身亡 。
随后，马来西亚官员逮捕了这两名女嫌疑人，分别是越南人段氏香以及印尼人茜蒂·艾莎 。政府律师指控两人谋杀 。然而这些指控被减轻，今年早些时候两人均获释 。