Kim Jong-nam Pleaded for His Life in Letter to Half-Brother

  • By Hwang Dae-jin

    February 17, 2017 11:16

    Kim Jong-nam wrote a letter to his half-brother in April 2012 pleading for his life, a source here has confirmed.

    A former senior South Korean government official on Thursday told the Chosun Ilbo, "I read the letter, which was provided by intelligence officials. It's tremendously respectful, like a servant speaking to his master, and he mentions the fact that the two had never met."

    The former official said the letter made reference to a first attempt on Kim Jong-nam's life in Macau. "For Kim Jong-un, who had never met Kim Jong-nam, having him eliminated was probably nothing special and felt like getting rid of a criminal who insulted the supreme leader," he added.

    Earlier, the National Intelligence Agency said Kim Jong-nam asked his half-brother to "call off" the hit. "We have nowhere to go, nowhere to hide. We are well aware that the only way to escape is suicide," it quoted him as saying.

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