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Friday, 17 February 2017 | MYT 4:07 PM

North Koreans oblivious to news of Kim Jong-nam's assassination

PETALING JAYA: North Koreans appear to be unaware of the death of their leader Kim Jong-un's half brother, Kim Jong-nam, due to the country's tightly-controlled media, says a report.

Quoting unnamed sources, South Korean Yonhap News Agency reported that despite the regime's oppressive ways, it is only a matter of time before news of Jong-nam's death spreads.

The source revealed that many North Korean residents have secret access to outside information, and that news of Jong-nam's murder have already begun to go viral at the country's border areas with China.

South Korean government sources said that military has plans to use loudspeakers along the Korean border to inform the North Koreans of Jong-nam's death in a bid to reveal the brutality of the North's regime.

So far, North Korea's state media has not shown any reaction to the media reports on the murder.

Yonhap even claimed that many North Koreans seemed unaware of Jong-nam's death and who he is, which goes to show the degree of control the regime has on information about him.

"I've never heard about that news," said a source who is living in North Korea's provinces bordering China. "Isn't Kim Jong-un the eldest son of late former leader Kim Jong-il?

Jong-nam, the eldest son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, was once viewed as the heir apparent before he fell out of favour with his father after a botched attempt to secretly enter Japan using a fake passport to visit Tokyo Disneyland in 2001.

He was killed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 after being poisoned by two female operatives on Monday.

It has yet to be confirmed whether North Korea was behind his death, but Seoul's spy agency said Jong-un has issued a "standing order" to murder his half-brother after he assumed power in late 2011.

Experts say Jong-nam's assassination is seen as Jong-un's move to strengthen his reign of terror by eliminating any potential challenge to his one-man rule.

Jong-nam's death is the most high-profile under Jong-un's regime since the execution of his uncle Jang Song-thaek in December 2013.