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>> Kim Jong-nam, half-brother of Korean leader Kim Jong-un, murdered at Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia, according to South Korean government sources. TV there, reporting that he was poisoned by two women thought to be North Korean spies. Malaysian police confirming the North Korean died en route to hospital. Reuters' bureau chief Tony Monroe is following the story in Seoul.
>> Kim Jong-nam is the older half brother of Kim Jong-un. They are separated by more than ten years in age. They had different mothers. They are not believed to have been close recently. Kim Jong-nam had spoken out publicly over the years against their generation control of the country.
He said on several occasions that he was not personally interested in assuming the leadership of North Korea.>> There's a history of bloodshed within the family. In 2012 Kim Jong-un's uncle, then the number two figure in the regime, was executed for factionalism. Last year, other senior officials were executed or disciplined in what North Korea watchers said was a move by Kim to eliminate rivals.
>> When Kim Jong-un's father, Kim Jong-il, died, there was very close attention paid as to whether he would go to his father's funeral. He did not. So whether North Korea acknowledges his death here, in any official way, much less whether they return the body to North Korea and whether he is treated to a state funeral and all that, will be very interesting to see.
>> Kim Jong-nam claimed global attention in 2001 when he was arrested trying to enter Japan on a fake passport. At the time, he said he was trying to go to Tokyo Disneyland. The police official said this time Kim had been planning to travel to Macau. When he felt dizzy and asked for help.
The cause of death has not yet been determined. But a post mortem examination is planned.