Joel Wit, a former State Department official and senior fellow at the Stimson Center think tank, said the Central Intelligence Agency occasionally has had useful sources among North Korean defectors who supplied information on topics like the country's weapons program and missile exports.
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 worldwide pressure.
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"There was a nexus" between the USA spy agency and Kim Jong Nam, the source was quoted as saying. American and South Korean officials have both blamed North Korea for the murder, but Pyongyang denies involvement.
On February 13, 2017, when Kim Jong-nam appeared at a check-in counter at a Kuala Lumpur airport terminal in Malaysia, he was jumped by two women who smeared something on his face.
Kim Jong Un's half brother Kim Jong Nam was an informant for the Central Intelligence Agency who met a few times with unspecified "agency operatives" before he was killed with VX nerve toxin in a Malaysian airport in February 2017, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday-albeit citing a "person knowledgeable with the matter".
It's extremely hard to verify information about North Korea's ruling family.
The newspaper cited an unnamed "person knowledgeable about the matter" for the claim and said many details of Kim Jong Nam's relationship with the United States spy agency remained unclear.
The brothers remained estranged as adults, and in 2013 the younger Kim executed Chang Song-thaek, his aunt's husband, who was said to be close to Jong-nam.
The CIA declined to comment to the WSJ.
Despite that exile, there has always been speculation that foreign intelligence agencies - especially China's - maintained contact with him, in particular, as a possible leader in case Kim Jong Un fell from power.
Murder charges were dropped against the women earlier this year. 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 then had Jang purged, reports say.
Former officials said that he had nearly certainly been in contact with security services from other countries, particularly China's, although he had no known power base in Pyongyang and had not lived in the country for several years.
North Korea is demanding the USA "rolls back its hostile policy" and warns their nuclear deal could be "dead" ahead of the anniversary of the historic Trump-Kim summit.
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