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North Korea agents believed behind murder of leader's half-brother: U.S. source
February 14, 2017 / 4:40 PM / in 9 months

North Korea agents believed behind murder of leader's half-brother: U.S. source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government strongly believes that North Korean agents murdered the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Malaysia, a U.S. government source told Reuters on Tuesday.

KIM JONG-NAM: The older half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was murdered in Malaysia with U.S. officials believing he was killed by North Korean agents. Kim was known to spend a significant amount of his time outside the country and had spoken out publicly against his family's dynastic control of the isolated state. REUTERS/Eriko Sugita

U.S. authorities have not yet determined exactly how Kim Jong Nam was killed, according to the source, who did not provide firm evidence to support the government’s conclusion.

A South Korean government source said Kim Jong Nam was killed in Malaysia and a Malaysian police official said the cause of his death was not yet known.

Reporting By Mark Hosenball, writing by Matt Spetalnick; editing by Grant McCool

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