Ngebray.com,- The half brother or Northern Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, was killed under mysterious circumstances on Monday. Kim Jong Nam was preparing to board a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Macau when he was apparently poisoned by an unidentified woman. Kim Jong Nam was once widely regarded as the heir apparent to North Korea. The 45-year-old was the eldest son of second-generation leader Kim Jong-Il. His mother was Song Hiram, a North Korean actress who became Kim Jong-Il’s mistress. His father later had a relationship with another woman, who gave birth to Kim Jong Un.
Analysts say, Kim Jong Nam was involved in moneymaking schemes for North Korea, such as distribution of counterfeit currency, and traveled widely around Asia. But in 2001, Kim Jong Nam was caught trying to enter Japan on a false passport. He was deported to China, and thereafter, appeared to fall out of favor in North Korea. When his father died in late 2011, Kim Jong Nam didn’t appear at the funeral in Pyongyang. Soon after, Kim Jong un took control of the country.
In occasional media interviews, Kim Jong Nam criticized Kim Jong Un’s rule. He once told a Japanese newspaper, in 2011, that North Korea should pay attention to reform and openness, and condemned hereditary succession. His criticism of Kim Jong Un may have made him a target for North Korea’s leadership, although he said he didn’t fear for his life.
When being interviewed, Kim Jong Nam said, “Yeah, I was born in North Korea in 1995 in Pyongyang, the capital, and that’s where I spent the first few years before moving to Macau”. Kim Jong Nam’s eldest son, Kim Han Sol appear in the spotlight in 2011 when his social media posts were discovered by the public. He later gave an English interview, a rarity for the Kim family, expressing his desire for the reunification of the two Koreas. Since his uncle, Jang Song Teck’s death, Kim Han Sol kept a low profile. North Korea has stepped up idolization of Kim Jong Un this year, a move that some analysts say, may have prompted an assassination of Kim Jong Nam.
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