SEOUL : The estranged Half-brother of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has died in Malaysia, according to reports.
The Malaysian Police officials said "an unidentified North Korean man – believed to be Kim Jong-nam had died while being rushed to hospital from the airport on Monday.The Malaysian police said the identity had not be verified. The officials from the ward of Putrajaya hospital confirmed it had received a deceased Koren who is born in 1970 with the surer name Kim."
However, the South Korean media has claimed that the elder Kim was attacked by two unidentified North Korean operatives with "poisoned needles" in Kuala Lumpur international airport on Monday.
The suspects reportedly fled the scene in a taxi, but Malaysian law inforcement officials believe that "North Korea was behind the attack."
South Kore's foreign ministry said ''we can't confirm the reports as the country's intelligence agency could not be reached immediately for a comment."
Kim Jong-nam , the eldest son of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, does not hold an official title and has played no part in running North Korea, but just weeks into his younger half-brother''s rule, he described the regime as "'a joke to the outside world" and said that he opposed the hereditry transfer of power in the country.
In December 2013, Kim Jong-un orderd the arrest and execution of his uncle and close adviser, Jong Song-thaek. If confirmed that North Korean operatives were responsible, Kim's death would be the highest-profile killing connected with the Pyongyang regime.