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South Korea says Kim Jong Nam poisoned by suspected North Korean agents
February 15, 2017 / 3:20 AM / 8 months ago

South Korea says Kim Jong Nam poisoned by suspected North Korean agents

Kim Jong Nam arrives at Beijing airport in Beijing, China, in this photo taken by Kyodo February 11, 2007. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS/Files

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s spy agency said on Wednesday that Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was poisoned by two suspected North Korean female agents, according to lawmakers briefed by the intelligence agency.

The agency also said North Korea had long prepared for the murder of Kim Jong Nam, according to lawmakers, although they did not say how the agency knows that.

Kim was assassinated on his way to the Chinese territory of Macau, where he had been living, the lawmakers said, adding that he had been given China’s protection.

Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin and Ju-min Park; Editing by Tony Munroe and SImon Cameron-Moore

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