South Korea Says Kim Jong Un Behind Murder of Half Brother

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un holds up his ballot during the fifth session of the 12th Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang April 13, 2012, in this file picture released by the North's KCNA on April 14, 2012. REUTERS/KCNA/Files
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un holds up his ballot during the fifth session of the 12th Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang April 13, 2012, in this file picture released by the North's KCNA on April 14, 2012. REUTERS/KCNA/Files
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un holds up his ballot during the fifth session of the 12th Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang April 13, 2012, in this file picture released by the North's KCNA on April 14, 2012. REUTERS/KCNA/Files
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un holds up his ballot during the fifth session of the 12th Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang April 13, 2012, in this file picture released by the North’s KCNA on April 14, 2012. REUTERS/KCNA/Files

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea said on Sunday it believed the North Korean regime was behind the murder of the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“We believe the North Korean regime is behind this incident considering five suspects are North Koreans” Jeong Joon-hee, spokesman at the South Korea’s Unification Ministry that handles inter-Korea affairs, told a briefing.

But Jeong declined to give further information.

Malaysia police said earlier that they had arrested a North Korean man in connection to the murder of Kim Jong Nam, but four other North Korean suspects fled Malaysia.

(Reporting by Ju-min Park and Jack Kim; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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