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Kim Jong nam, half-brother of North Korean leader, was a Central Intelligence Agency informant

Kim Jong nam, half-brother of North Korean leader, was a Central Intelligence Agency informant

Their second summit in Vietnam in February broke down because of the distance between the two leaders' positions over the North Korean nuclear arsenal, but Trump stressed that it was not the end of negotiations.

According to the Journal, the person said Kim Jong Nam had traveled to Malaysia in February 2017 to meet his Central Intelligence Agency contact, although that may not have been the sole objective of the trip.

In February of 2017, two women smeared a substance on the face of Kim Jong Nam while he was in Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The U.S. president said his message to the North Korean leader would be that, "I wouldn't let that happen under my auspices". "That's very important to me", Trump said.

His comments represented the latest in a series of instances in which he has appeared to be at odds with the US intelligence community.

Susan Rice, who was national security adviser for Trump's Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, tweeted her reaction to the remarks: "America, this tells you all you need to know about our so-called 'Commander-in-Chief'".

Kim Jong Nam was the eldest son in the current generation of North Korea's ruling family.

The new report said its findings show arbitrary executions and extrajudicial killings under state custody have continued under the rule of young leader Kim Jong Un despite global criticism over how North Korea supposedly applies the death penalty without due judicial process.

US intelligence agencies believe Kim has no intention of giving up its nuclear weapons.

US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have met twice, in Hanoi in February and Singapore in June past year.

Trump said a third summit could happen soon, but added: "In the meantime he's kept his word ... that's very important to me". "A very warm, very nice letter", Trump said. Ethan Hee-Seok Shin, one of the report's authors, also said interviews with defectors suggest that public executions in North Korea are becoming less frequent, although it's unclear whether that's because more people are being executed in secret. Those charges were reduced, however, and both were released earlier this year.

At the Hanoi meeting, Washington sought a more immediate comprehensive denuclearisation deal while Pyongyang wanted a step-by-step process, and demanded the lifting of key economic sanctions in return for shutting down its Yongbyon nuclear complex, which the United States refused.