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FILE - This combination of file photos shows Kim Jong Nam, left, exiled half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, in Narita, Japan, on May 4, 2001, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on May 9, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Kim Jong Nam, 46, was targeted Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in a shopping concourse at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia, and died on the way to the hospital, according to a Malaysian government official. (AP Photos/Shizuo Kambayashi, Wong Maye-E, File)

South Korea's spy agency claims Kim Jong-Un ordered the death of his half-brother


South Korea's spy agency said North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un ordered the death of his half-brother Kim Jong Nam, whose death in a Malaysian airport earlier this month has spawned a bizarre murder case.

"The assassination of Kim Jong Nam was an act of systematic terror ordered by Kim Jong Un," South Korean lawmaker Kim Byung-kee said Monday in a televised address. North Korea's foreign ministry and ministry of national security are believed to be involved in orchestrating Kim's death.

Kim Byung-kee said two different groups had worked on Kim Jong Nam's assassination before the murder. Both groups involved state officials. 

North Korea has repeatedly denied any involvement in Kim's murder and has accused South Korea of publishing false reports, CNN reports.

Kim Jong Nam died Feb. 13 after two women approached him in Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia. They were later caught on video spraying a substance on his face, which was reported to be the deadly VX nerve agent. One woman said she thought it was baby oil and part of an elaborate prank, though police have disputed that claim.

Since then, international tensions have flared. Malaysia recalled its ambassador to North Korea after North Korea accused it of "trying to conceal something." So far, four people have been arrested and four other suspects are on the run. 

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