Kim Jong-nam
North Korean politician
Kim Jong-nam
Kim Jong-nam, is the eldest son of the late Kim Jong-il, former leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. From roughly 1998 to 2001, he was widely considered to be the heir apparent to his father and the next leader of North Korea. Following a much-publicized botched attempt to secretly enter Japan using a fake passport and visit Disneyland in May 2001, he was thought to have fallen out of favor with his father.
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Kim Jong-nam killed by nerve agent, Malaysian police say, putting spotlight on chemical weapons
Yahoo News - about 16 hours
Kim Jong-nam, the North Korean Supreme Leader’s estranged and exiled half-brother, was killed by a VX nerve agent, which is classified by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction, Malaysian police said on Friday. This latest development in Mr. Kim’s assassination, which South Korean and US officials have said they believe was decreed by Pyongyang, is another reminder of the regime’s secretive chemical weapons program, often overshadowed by its nuclear missile testing. “The reported use of VX reminds us that not only is the North’s nuclear-missile threat serious but so are its asymmetric threats, including biochemical weapons and cyber that are all part of the regime’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) tool kit,” Duyeon Kim, a fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, told The New York Times on Friday.
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Kim Jong-nam killed by VX nerve agent, say Malaysian police
Guardian (UK) - 1 day
Kuala Lumpur airport terminal to be decontaminated after deadly attack on North Korean leader’s half-brother Malaysian police have said the substance used in the killing of Kim Jong-nam was a “VX nerve agent”, a highly toxic liquid used only in chemical warfare. Khalid Abu Bakar, Malaysia’s inspector general, later added that one of the two women suspected of involvement in the poisoning also suffered its effects. “She was vomiting,” he said without elaborating. Continue reading...
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Malaysia says VX nerve agent used in killing of North Korean leader's half brother
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The banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent was used to kill Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean ruler's outcast half brother who was attacked by two women who rubbed the substance on his face at the airport in Malaysia's capital last week, police said Friday.
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Kim Jong-nam Evidence Being Fabricated by Malaysia, North Korea Says
NYTimes - 2 days
Pyongyang on Thursday denied involvement in the killing at the Kuala Lumpur airport, even as it refused to acknowledge that the victim was Kim Jong-un’s half brother.
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What killed Kim Jong Nam, who did it and why still not known
Yahoo News - 3 days
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — More than a week has passed since the North Korean leader's estranged half brother died in Malaysia, but what killed him, who instigated it and why are still unknown. Malaysian authorities have identified several suspects in the death of Kim Jong Nam, but many questions remain.
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    FORTIES
  • 2012
    Age 40
    In late 2012, Kim Jong-nam appeared in Singapore one year after leaving Macau.
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    In a book released in 2012 titled My Father, Kim Jong Il, and Me by Japanese journalist Yoji Gomi who had interviewed Kim Jong-nam on numerous occasions, it is claimed that Kim Jong-nam expects the leadership of Kim Jong-un to fail, citing that he is too inexperienced and young.
    More Details Hide Details He also stated that "Without reforms, North Korea will collapse, and when such changes take place, the regime will collapse."
    On 14 January 2012, Kim Jong-nam was seen in Beijing waiting for an Air China flight to Macau.
    More Details Hide Details Kim confirmed his identity to a group of South Koreans which included a professor at Incheon University, and told them he usually travels alone.
    On 1 January 2012, the Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun reported that Kim Jong-nam secretly flew to Pyongyang from Macau on 17 December 2011, after learning about his father's death that day and was presumed to have accompanied Kim Jong-un when paying his last respects to their father.
    More Details Hide Details He left after a few days to return to Macau and was not in attendance at the funeral in order to avoid speculation about the succession.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2011
    Age 39
    Kim Jong-un was declared Supreme Leader of North Korea on 24 December 2011 after the death of Kim Jong-il.
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  • 2010
    Age 38
    He left Macau allegedly on suspicions that he was being targeted for assassination by Kim Jong-un; South Korean authorities had formerly indicted a North Korean agent by the name of Kim Yong-su who confessed to planning an attack on Kim Jong-nam in July 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The South Korean newspaper The Chosun Ilbo reports that Kim Jong-nam has two wives, at least one mistress, and several children. His first wife, Shin Jong-hui (born), lives at a home called Dragon Villa on the northern outskirts of Beijing. His second wife, Lee Hye-kyong (born c. 1970), their son Han-sol (born c. 1995) and their daughter Sol-hui (born c. 1998) live in a modest 12-story apartment building in Macau; Jong-nam's mistress, former Air Koryo flight attendant So Yong-la (born c. 1980), also lives in Macau. Jong-nam is often given attention by the media for his gambling and extravagant spending.
    In late September 2010, his younger half-brother Kim Jong-un was made heir-apparent.
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    In June 2010, Kim Jong-nam gave a brief interview to the Associated Press in Macau while waiting for a hotel elevator.
    More Details Hide Details He told the reporter that he had "no plans" to defect to Europe, as the press had recently rumoured. Kim Jong-nam lived in an apartment on the southern tip of Macau's Coloane Island until 2007. An anonymous South Korean official reported in October 2010 that Jong-nam had not lived in Macau for "months", and now shuttles between China and "another country."
  • 2009
    Age 37
    In January 2009, Kim Jong-nam said he had "no interest" in taking power in North Korea after his father, stating that it is only for him to decide.
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  • 2007
    Age 35
    It was verified later on that this was a rumour and that Kim Jong-nam is still staying in Beijing and Macau as before while travelling to Austria and France for medical reasons early November 2007 where he gave a short interview to a Japanese TV channel after going to Moscow.
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    In August 2007, it was reported that Kim Jong-nam had returned to the DPRK from Macau and had begun working at a key agency of the ruling Workers' Party, fueling speculation that the rift between Kim Jong-nam and his father had at least partially mended and that Kim Jong-nam was being groomed as a potential successor.
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    South Korean television and the South China Morning Post reported in 2007 that Kim Jong-nam had a Portuguese passport.
    More Details Hide Details However, Portuguese authorities and the Portuguese consul in Macau, Pedro Moitinho de Almeida, stated that "If such a document indeed exists, it is certainly a forgery."
    It was reported in the South China Morning Post on 1 February 2007, that Kim Jong-nam had been living incognito with his family in Macau, for some three years, and that this was a cause of some embarrassment to both the Macanese and Chinese governments.
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  • 2003
    Age 31
    In late 2003, it was reported that Kim Jong-nam was living in Macau, lending strength to this belief.
    More Details Hide Details Kim Jong-un was left in charge while his father was on a state visit to China. Outsider observers also believe that the North Korea's sinking of a South Korean ship in March 2010 was part of a Byzantine attempt to secure succession for the youngest Kim. Kim says he fell out of favour because he had become an advocate for reform after being educated in Switzerland, leading his father to decide that he had turned "into a capitalist". In an email to the editor of Tokyo Shimbun, Kim wrote "After I went back to North Korea following my education in Switzerland, I grew further apart from my father because I insisted on reform and market-opening and was eventually viewed with suspicion," adding "My father felt very lonely after sending me to study abroad. Then my half brothers Jong-chol and Jong-un and half sister Yeo-jong were born and his adoration was moved on to them. And when he felt that I'd turn into a capitalist after living abroad for years, he shortened the overseas education of my brothers and sister."
  • TWENTIES
  • 2001
    Age 29
    In May 2001, Kim was arrested on arrival at Narita International Airport accompanied by two women and a four-year-old boy identified as his son.
    More Details Hide Details He was traveling on a forged Dominican Republic passport using a Chinese alias, Pang Xiong, which means "fat bear" in Mandarin Chinese. Kim Jong-nam was reportedly wearing a white shirt and dark blazer along with sunglasses and a gold chain. After being detained for several days, he was deported, on the instructions of the Japanese government, to the People's Republic of China. Kim Jong-nam apparently told his questioners that he was in Japan to visit Tokyo Disneyland in Urayasu, near Tokyo. The incident caused Kim Jong-il to cancel a planned visit to China due to embarrassment. Until the Tokyo incident, Kim was expected to become leader of the country after his father. In February 2003, the Korean People's Army began a propaganda campaign under the slogan "The Respected Mother is the Most Faithful and Loyal Subject to the Dear Leader Comrade Supreme Commander." Since the "Respected Mother" was described as "devoting herself to the personal safety of the comrade supreme commander," and "assisting the comrade supreme commander nearest to his body," it is assumed that the "Respected Mother" is Ko Young-hee, and that the campaign was designed to promote Kim Jong-chul or Kim Jong-un, her sons. (A similar campaign was launched in praise of Kim Jong il's mother during the later years of Kim Il-sung's life.)
    In January 2001, he accompanied his father to Shanghai, where he had talks with Chinese officials on the IT industry.
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  • 1998
    Age 26
    In 1998, Kim Jong-nam was appointed to a senior position in the Ministry of Public Security, the DPRK as a future leader.
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  • 1995
    Age 23
    According to the Japanese magazine Shūkan Shinchō, Kim Jong-nam has made several clandestine visits to Japan, starting as early as 1995.
    More Details Hide Details A book about the Kim family, Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader by Bradley K. Martin, reported that during the late 1990s, Kim Jong-nam became "a familiar figure" at a bathhouse in Yoshiwara, one of Tokyo's red light districts.
  • 1994
    Age 22
    From roughly 1994 to 2001, he was widely considered to be the heir apparent to his father and the next leader of North Korea.
    More Details Hide Details Following a much-publicized botched attempt to secretly enter Japan using a fake passport and visit Tokyo Disneyland in May 2001, he was thought to have fallen out of favor with his father. Kim Jong-nam's younger paternal half-brother Kim Jong-un was named heir apparent in September 2010. In exile, Jong-nam has become known as an occasional critic of his family's regime and an advocate for reform. Kim Jong-nam was born in Pyongyang, to Song Hye-rim, one of three women known to have had children with Kim Jong-il. Because Kim Jong-il aimed to keep his affair with Song a secret due to the disapproval of his father Kim Il-sung, he initially kept Jong-nam out of school, instead sending him to live with Song's older sister Song Hye-rang, who tutored him at home. Kim Jong-nam is reported to have a personality similar to that of his father, and has been described by his aunt as being "hot-tempered, sensitive, and gifted in the arts". The same aunt also said in 2000 that Jong-nam "does not wish to succeed his father". Like Kim Jong-il, he is interested in film: he has written scripts and short films since he was young. His father also created a small movie set for him to use.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1971
    Born
    Born on May 10, 1971.
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