Trump Pledges No Spying on North Korea

Trump Pledges No Spying on North Korea

"Kim Jong Nam likely had enough personal, intimate, and family information in his head to warrant an approach from CIA - or any intelligence agency - for debriefing purposes", said Darrell M. Blocker, a longtime CIA operative and now an ABC News contributor.

North Korea continues to carry out state killings as a way of intimidating its citizens, campaigners said on Tuesday, although the number of executions may be declining in the face of mounting global pressure. As such, officials believed he had little sway in Pyongyang as Kim Jong Un rose to power. The U.S. president said his message to the North Korean leader would be that, "I wouldn't let that happen under my auspices".

South Korean and USA officials have said North Korean authorities ordered the assassination of Kim, who had been critical of his family's dynastic rule.

Two women were charged with poisoning Kim Jong Nam by smearing his face with liquid VX, a banned chemical weapon, at Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017.

Trump spoke a day after the Wall Street Journal reported that Kim's slain half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, was a source for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

As the eldest son of the Kim dynasty, Jong-nam was groomed for years as the successor to his father Kim Jong-il before he fell out of favour after the arrival of his three younger siblings.

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A human rights group said Tuesday it has identified hundreds of spots where witnesses claim North Korea carried out public executions and extrajudicial state killings as part of an arbitrary and aggressive use of the death penalty that is meant to intimidate its citizens. The CIA declined to comment.

They also said Kim Jong-nam, who resided mainly in Macau, was nearly certainly in contact with security services of other countries, particularly China's.

Fifield said Mr Kim usually met his handlers in Singapore and Malaysia, citing a source with knowledge of the intelligence. They insisted they were tricked by North Korean agents into carrying out the hit and had thought it was a reality TV show prank. "Kim Jong-un is still just a nominal figure and the members of the power elite will be the ones in actual power".

US officials told the newspaper that it was highly unlikely that Kim knew any top secrets or details about the inner workings within the North Korean regime.

A February 2019 nuclear summit in Hanoi between the North Korean leader and President Donald Trump ended without a resolution.

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