It is no secret now that North Korean military dictator Kim Jong-un held his half-brother in great disdain, up until the time he was assassinated in Malaysia. It is now being reported that Kim Jong-nam, who lived a hectic life of constant change, pleaded for mercy from his younger brother.

Kim Jong-nam died at the age of 46 at an airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He was poisoned by two women who are suspected to have been agents sent from North Korea.

Due to the fact that Kim Jong-nam spent nine years at an international school in Geneva, he grew up different than his predecessors. It was made all evident during the Disneyland incident where he was caught using a fake passport accompanied by his wife, a nanny and a 4-year-old son.

“We have nowhere to go, nowhere to hide. We are well aware that the only way to escape is suicide,” Kim Jong-nam wrote to his brother asking for the withdrawal of order of assassination against him.

In a note to a journalist, Kim Jong-nam wrote, “I’m concerned how Jong Un, who merely resembles my grandfather, will be able to satisfy the needs of North Koreans. Kim Jong-un is still just a nominal figure and the members of the power elite will be the ones in actual power. The dynastic succession is a joke to the outside world.”

Kim Jong-un also had his uncle, Jang Sung-taek, executed.

First Published | 16 February 2017 9:56 AM
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