Kim Jong Un subcontracted the murder of his half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, to a couple of saps in Malaysia who killed him by spraying VX nerve agent in a crowded airport.
A "beautiful" letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un touted by President Donald Trump on Tuesday lacked substance and did not contain any details on a way forward for the stalled denuclearisation talks between the two countries, according to a source familiar with its contents.
The former officials also said Mr Kim had been nearly certainly in contact with security services of other countries, particularly China's, the Journal said.
Preventing the CIA from being able to recruit sources like Kim's late half-brother or highly placed North Koreans would deny the agency valuable insights into its leadership and threats to regional and U.S. security.
However, she said, he was also wary of the possibility of being murdered by Kim Jong Un, to eliminate a potential family rival to the "throne" of North Korean leadership.
The Wall Street Journal reported Monday on the claim.
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The remarks represent a fresh attempt by the U.S. president to cosy up to the North Korean leader, a policy that has drawn criticism for seeming to overlook Kim's autocratic rule.
The letter did not issue any threats about cutting off communication completely or testing nuclear weapons, despite Kim having said earlier this year that he will wait until the end of this year for the United States to decide to be more flexible, according to North Korean media reports. "Kim Jong-nam provided information to them, usually meeting his handlers in Singapore or Malaysia".
Trump got asked about this and he responded by pledging to Kim Jong Un that he would not allow the Central Intelligence Agency to spy in this way "under my auspices". But now, the plot surrounding Kim Jong Nam has thickened.
Since then, North Korea has complained of USA sanctions and Kim said he would wait until the end of the year before deciding on whether to take a "new path".
Officials at South Korea's National Intelligence Service and the Unification Ministry, which oversees ties with North Korea, also said they could not confirm the report.
In May, Kim oversaw the test launch of new, short-range missiles while giving a cold shoulder to projects planned with South Korea.
During the trial of the two women who conducted the assassination, police said he spent several days at a resort on Langkawi, a Malaysian island, where he met with an unknown Korean-American man. Malaysia has released both of the women - Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam and Siti Aisyah of Indonesia, who said that they believed they were participating in a TV prank show.