ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon PrintIcon Twitter
From left: Kim Jong Un (Reuters) and Kim Jong Nam (AP)
Politics

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.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more