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North Korean diplomat says Kim Jong Nam was killed by a heart attack, not a nerve agent

North Korean diplomat says Kim Jong Nam was killed by a heart attack, not a nerve agent

A North Korean diplomat said Thursday that Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of ruler Kim Jong Un, probably died of a heart attack, despite Malaysia’s finding last week that he was killed by VX nerve agent, one of the world’s most toxic substances.

Ri Tong Il, a senior North Korean diplomat, told reporters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital — where he’s leading a high-level delegation to recover Kim Jong Nam’s body — that Kim had a history of heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. He provided no evidence, and Malaysia dismissed the claim. 

Kim, 46, was once considered a potential successor to his father, Kim Jong Il, and South Korean officials have accused...

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