Based on interviews with 610 escapees from Kim Jong-Un's dictatorship, the authors claim they mapped 323 reports of state-sanctioned killings across 318 sites.
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. And I will tell him that will not happen under my.
Multiple former US officials believe that other countries saw Kim as Kim Jong-un's potential successor, although USA intelligence agencies found that Kim would not succeed in becoming the leader of North Korea, according to WSJ.
A man believed to be Kim Jong Nam, the eldest son of then North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, looks at a battery of photographers as he exits a police van to board a plane to Beijing at Narita worldwide airport in Narita, Japan, May 4, 2001.
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Kim Jong-nam, the deceased half-brother to the current leader of North Korea, met with the Central Intelligence Agency "on several occasions" according to The Wall Street Journal, citing a person close to the matter.
Kim Jong Nam, the eldest son of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, was critical of his family's rule and lived in exile.
The Journal added that its sources also said Kim Jong Nam was likely in contact with Chinese security services.
The CIA declined to comment to The Journal. They insisted they were tricked by North Korean agents into carrying out the hit and had thought it was a reality TV show prank.
The two women who carried out the assassination have now been released. "Several former US officials" told the Journal that intelligence agencies had deemed the exiled half brother, who lived in Macau, was unlikely to ever rise to power and was unlikely to have any useful information on his brother's doings (or, say, nuclear program).
News of the CIA's relationship with Kim Jong-nam comes as nuclear diplomacy between the US and North Korea is at a standstill following a February summit in Hanoi between Mr. Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump that ended without an agreement.