No confirmation from South Korea on report Kim's brother was CIA source

No confirmation from South Korea on report Kim's brother was CIA source
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South Korean intelligence officials said Tuesday they could not confirm a report that North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnTrump remarks deepen distrust with intelligence community Trump remarks deepen distrust with intelligence community Trump appears to walk back pledge not to use CIA informants against Kim Jong Un MORE's half brother was a CIA informant before being killed, The Associated Press reported.

Officials at South Korea’s National Intelligence Service and Unification Ministry, which oversees ties with North Korea, said they were unable to confirm a report in The Wall Street Journal on Monday that Kim Jong Nam met with CIA personnel several times before his death at a Malaysian airport in 2017.

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The Journal had attributed the details of the report to an unidentified “person knowledgeable about the matter.”

Kim Jong Nam was killed in Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 13, 2017, when two women smeared the nerve agent VX on his face. U.S. and South Korean officials believe Pyongyang is responsible.

The North Korean leader's half brother, who spent much of his life outside of the country, had reportedly traveled to Malaysia to meet his CIA contact the same month he was killed.

AP noted that media outside of North Korea has frequently relied on sources whose information later turned out to be incorrect or incomplete because of the country's tight information blockade on its citizens.