While Kim Jong Nam spent much of his life overseas after falling out of favour with his family, he was constantly aware of the monitoring presence of Pyongyang and obsessed by fears that he would get assassinated, South Korean officials have said.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who was instrumental in brokering the Singapore summit a year ago, said on Monday talks were underway for a third North-US meeting, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.
While speaking to reporters Tuesday, President Trump announced that he received a "very attractive and warm" letter from North Korea's Kim Jong-un and expressed confidence the two could eventually reach an agreement.
Meanwhile, his former privileged position in the family's hereditary dynasty was overtaken by his youngest half-brother, Kim Jong-un, who assumed power shortly after their father's death in December 2011.
US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have met twice, in Hanoi in February and Singapore last June, seeming to build personal goodwill but failing to agree on a deal to lift US sanctions in exchange for North Korea abandoning its nuclear and missile programs. The half brother was estranged from the Kim family after he was caught trying to travel to Japan with false passports in 2001. The CIA declined to comment on the claim.
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The newspaper cited an unnamed "person knowledgeable about the matter" for the report. Washington Post's bureau chief in Beijing, Anna Fifield, addressed the claims about Kim Jong-Nam in her book The Great Successor.
While Kim Jong Nam spent much of his life overseas after falling out of favor with his family, he was constantly aware of the monitoring presence of Pyongyang and obsessed by fears that he would get assassinated, South Korean officials have said. Siti Aisyah, an Indonesian woman, was released in March.
Despite his public distaste for communism, he appeared to have developed such a close relationship with China that some world intelligence officials believed China may have been preparing him to take over from Kim Jong-un if the latter ever broke China's decades-long stranglehold over North Korea's foreign policy.
Two women were charged with poisoning Kim by smearing his face with liquid VX, a banned chemical weapon. Those charges were reduced, however, and both were released earlier this year.
It's extremely hard 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.