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From left: Kim Jong Un (Reuters) and Kim Jong Nam (AP)

Theories abound over motive for Kim Jong Nam killing

Ensconced in power, why would Kim Jong Un still want his half brother dead?

HIROSHI MINEGISHI and CK TAN, Nikkei staff writers | North Korea

SEOUL/KUALA LUMPUR -- The plot could have come straight out of a spy novel. A man catching a budget flight from Kuala Lumpur to Macau complains to airport staff of feeling nauseous after two women wiped liquid on his face. He is sent to the airport's clinic, then rushed to a nearby hospital. Two hours later the man, just 45, is pronounced dead.

The news that Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, was killed in this fashion on Feb. 13 captured the world's attention. South Korean and U.S. intelligence sources quickly confirmed the victim's identity and said they are convinced the poisoning was carried out by the regime in Pyongyang.

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