Rumors highlight the hidden lives of North Korean leaders

Ryomyong Street rally in Pyongyang North Korea

Malaysian police arrested a woman Wednesday in the apparent assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean leader's exiled half brother who South Korean spies say once begged his sibling to spare his life.

South Korean intelligence officials have accused Kim Jong-Un of ordering two female assassins to poison his half-brother, as reported by killed-spy-chief-says-1487167287" target="_blank">the Wall Street Journal.

The woman detained was carrying Vietnamese travel documents, according to police, and was alone at the time of the arrest.

On Tuesday unnamed USA government sources said the US strongly believes that Kim Jong Nam was murdered by North Korean agents.

Getting rid of the eldest son of the late Kim Jong Il has been a long "standing order" from Pyongyang, said South Korea's national intelligence chief Lee Byung Ho at a briefing to the National Assembly.

Kim Jong Nam at Tokyo's Narita airport in 2001.

About a year later in December 2011, his father died and Kim Jong Un took power.

Policemen stand outside the Kuala Lumpur Hospital where the body of Kim Jong-nam is held for autopsy in Kuala Lumpur February 15, 2017.

Who is Kim Jong-nam? But why kill Kim and what threat did he pose to North Korea.

Outside the forensics department, a black Jaguar sedan bearing the North Korean flag pulled up on Wednesday afternoon, followed by another vehicle.

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On Tuesday, Malaysian police said that a 46-year-old man had asked for medical assistance at the airport and died on the way to hospital. "We do not know his identity", Abdul said.

After the incident, Kim Jong-nam reportedly fled North Korea as early as 2003, living quietly in Macau, China and traveling often to Singapore and Malaysia.

Jong Nam became a vocal opponent of his half-brother, telling the media that Jong Un was too young and inexperienced to run North Korea.

Kim Jong Nam was believed to be close to his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, who was North Korea's second most powerful man before being executed on Kim Jong Un's orders in 2013.

Malaysian officials have provided few other details.

The South Korean government is assisting Malaysian authorities with the investigation into Jong Nam's death.

A day after the assassination of Mr Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of the North Korean leader Mr Kim Jong Un, speculation has swirled over the possible motive and the two women killers.

Who was Kim Jong Nam?

North Korea also has a history of dispatching spies to kill high-level defectors critical of its system.

The casino-loving pudge ball - whose late father was former North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il - was rushed to nearby Putrajaya Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

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