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[00:00.20]Media reports say the half-brother of North Korea's leader
[00:05.28]was working with a United States intelligence agency.
[00:10.28]Kim Jong Nam was killed in Malaysia in 2017.
[00:16.20]The Wall Street Journal reported Monday on the claim.
[00:21.12]The newspaper said that an unnamed "person
[00:25.12]knowledgeable about the matter"
[00:27.56]had provided information about the case.
[00:31.92]Other news agencies have not been able to confirm the story.
[00:38.20]The Central Intelligence Agency has declined to comment on the issue.
[00:45.00]Officials at South Korea's National Intelligence Service
[00:50.04]and the Unification Ministry, which oversees ties with North Korea,
[00:56.72]also said they could not confirm the report.
[01:01.28]The Wall Street Journal report says officials believe Kim Jong Nam
[01:07.76]had likely been in contact with security services of other countries.
[01:15.20]However, Kim Jong Nam probably
[01:18.76]did not know about the country's "inner workings,"
[01:23.16]the newspaper quotes one former unnamed official as saying.
[01:28.80]Kim Jong Nam had remained outside of North Korea for a long time.
[01:36.56]Reuters news agency reports that Kim Jong Nam's
[01:41.57]possible activities for U.S. intelligence
[01:45.76]are noted in a new book about North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un.
[01:52.80]The book, "The Great Successor,"
[01:55.65]was written by Washington Post reporter Anna Fifield.
[02:02.00]It is being released this week.
[02:04.94]Fifield says in her book that Kim Jong Nam
[02:10.48]met with intelligence agents in Singapore and Malaysia.
[02:17.88]South Korean and U.S. officials have said
[02:22.12]that North Korean officials ordered the killing of Kim Jong Nam
[02:27.96]after he criticized the country's family-ruled leadership.
[02:34.28]North Korea has denied this.
[02:38.28]In February of 2017,
[02:41.75]two women smeared a substance on the face of Kim Jong Nam
[02:47.36]while he was in Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
[02:52.72]Investigators said the substance that the women used
[02:57.68]contained VX nerve agent, a banned chemical weapon.
[03:04.52]He died soon afterwards.
[03:08.88]Malaysian officials arrested the two women,
[03:12.72]Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong and Indonesian Siti Aisyah,
[03:19.48]shortly after the incident.
[03:22.60]Government lawyers charged the two with murder.
[03:27.16]Those charges were reduced, however,
[03:30.52]and both were released earlier this year.
[03:35.64]Kim Jong Nam was the oldest son of former North Korean leader
[03:41.40]Kim Jong-il and the half-brother of current leader Kim Jong Un.
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