South Korea agencies can't confirm Kim brother as CIA source

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 12, 2019

South Korea's Intelligence Agency later said that Kim Jong-un ordered his death.

Trump said a third summit could happen soon, but added: "In the meantime he's kept his word ... that's very important to me".

President Donald Trump praised the letter from the North Korean leader.

The meeting followed another letter sent by Kim to Trump on Monday, marking a slight thaw in North Korea's position since the Hanoi summit.

Trump's reaction was not out of the ordinary and the President has previously described notes from the North Korean dictator as "love letters". But in the past they have served as vehicles to plan - or cancel - summits between the two leaders.

But their second meeting in Vietnam in February ended abruptly as the two failed to agree on what Kim would be willing to give up in exchange for sanctions relief.

The widow of late South Korean president Kim Dae-jung, known for her women's rights activism and involvement in her husband's "sunshine" policy of engagement with the isolated North, has died at the age of 96.

South Korea's Yonhap state news agency said an inter-Korean summit before Trump's visit could present a "golden opportunity" to move the talks forward.

North Korea's state media has not mentioned any letter.

The U.S. military said it has been unable to reach North Korean officials to discuss issues related to the recovery of the remains.

Trump also claimed that remains of US soldiers "keep coming back", but in reality, the Pentagon has suspended its efforts to recover those bodies.

Last month the North raised tensions in the region by firing short-range missiles for the first time since November 2017.

South Korea's national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, quoted Kim Yo Jong as saying that she hoped for a continuation of the inter-Korean cooperation that the late first lady had worked for.

The 2017 assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the older half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, was recorded by security cameras.

"No major missile testing, nothing like when I first got here". Reports said he was providing intelligence to several other countries.

Kim Jong-nam, the murdered half-brother of North Korea's Kim Jong Un, was an informant for the Central Intelligence Agency whose operatives met him on several occasions, according to a media report. USA officials later acknowledged Washington and Pyongyang do not share a common understanding of the word "denuclearization".

Once seen as leader Kim Jong Il's successor, Mr Kim Jong Nam apparently fell from grace after being deported from Japan in 2001 for trying to enter on a forged passport.

There is some speculation he met with intelligence officials in those countries as well.

Kim Jong Nam was killed at the airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2017.

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