The WSJ source claimed that there was a "nexus" between the USA intelligence agency and Kim Jong-nam although it is unclear whether he possessed valuable information since he did not have very many connections in North Korea.
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un hold a signing ceremony at the conclusion of their summit at the Capella Hotel on the resort island of Sentosa, Singapore June 12, 2018.
Lee, who died on Monday, was the widow of former President Kim Dae-jung, who in 2000 became the first South Korean leader to visit the North since the 1950-1953 war between the two countries. Moon said he wants to meet Kim again soon, and that it would be "desirable" for their next summit to take place sometime before Trump visits South Korea in late June. "That's very important to me", Trump said. "Kim Jong-nam provided information to them, usually meeting his handlers in Singapore or Malaysia".
But Trump and U.S. officials would not confirm or deny the reporting from the Wall Street Journal that he was a Central Intelligence Agency asset.
"We hope that the commitments that we made one year ago will come to fruition, and we're certainly ready on the working level to do that", she said, adding, "while we work towards that, economic sanctions do remain in effect".
Negotiations have since stalled, with North Korea setting a year-end deadline for the United States to show more flexibility. "I think North Korea has tremendous potential".
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Ms Susan Rice, who was National Security Adviser for Mr Trump's Democratic predecessor, Mr Barack Obama, tweeted her reaction to the remarks: "America, this tells you all you need to know about our so-called "Commander-in- Chief". The US says North Korea needs to make verifiable progress towards giving up its nuclear weapons before any sanctions are eased, while North Korea says the US has done nothing to reward steps already taken.
The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Wednesday delivered a condolence message for former South Korean first lady Lee He-ho, the first high-level contact between the two countries in months.
Kim Yo Jong entered the worldwide spotlight previous year when she attended the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang - representing the first time a member of the Kim dynasty had visited South Korea since the Korean War. The diplomat said that it is not seeking to increase or expand sanctions on North Korea, but merely to implement existing ones.
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-nam's travel bag.
The United States and dozens of allies have accused North Korea of breaching a U.N. sanctions cap on refined petroleum mainly through illicit transfers between ships at sea, according to a document seen by Reuters on Wednesday.