Kim Jong Nam, the 'Little General' who fell from grace

Robyn Ryan
February 15, 2017

The oldest half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was murdered in Malaysia on Monday, according to a South Korean government official. In it, Jong-nam reveals his love for a "tender-hearted" father, his fears for North Korea's future, the Chinese spies who watch him and his father's doubts about handing power to his half-brother, Kim Jong-un.

South Korea's state-run Yonhap News Agency reported similar details on the apparent targeted killing in Malaysia.

The death comes a day after North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the Sea of Japan in a test, which interrupted a dinner between USA president Donald Trump and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe. Call him Schrodinger's Kim.

Kim Jong-nam was the the eldest son of Kim Jong-il. Although there was scant evidence that Kim Jong Nam was plotting against the North Korean leader, he provided an alternative for North Koreans who would want to depose his brother. "We need verification such as thumbprints and other ways before confirming these claims made by the foreign media", he said. But that reportedly changed after he was caught with a forged Dominican passport in 2001 as he was trying to sneak his way into Japan to attend Tokyo Disneyland.

As former leader Kim Jong-il's oldest son, Jong-nam has been said to represent an alternative locus of legitimacy - if not power - within North Korea, where rumblings persist that Kim Jong-un's power consolidation project remains incomplete.

Kim Jong Nam was not necessarily a proponent of North Korea's dynastic succession.

Rumors have swirled for years that Kim Jong-un wanted to have his half-brother killed. He added that he was not interested in becoming North Korea's next leader.

Since then, according to the Post, analysts had suspected that China had been keeping the elder brother as a possible replacement for Kim Jong-un, should relations between the two countries continue becoming further strained. "He was originally going to succeed Kim Jong Il".

"Kim Jong Nam was feeling unwell on Monday morning while he was waiting for a flight to Macau at KLIA".

Mr Kim went into hiding in Malaysia after the execution in December 2013 of his uncle, Jang Song-thaek, the once-powerful uncle of the current leader. The man received treatment at the airport clinic but died while being transferred to a nearby hospital, Reuters reported. They entered the capital, donned South Korean army uniforms and marched to the Blue House disguised as the very soldiers that were looking for them.

If things had gone differently there is a chance the lesser-known of the two brothers could have been the leader of North Korea. He thinks he (Kim Jong Un) has a lack of experience, he's too young, and he didn't have enough time to be groomed.

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