AP Radio AP Radio News:

Feb 17, 2:10 AM EST

Book author says Kim Jong Nam was tiny hope for change


Multimedia
Archery on horseback still draws crowd
Ainu Rebels reclaim cultural pride
Japanese defend whaling tradition
Japan deals with 'Minimata Disease'
Latest News
Japan starts weekend early to improve work-life balance

Japan first lady resigns from honorary position at school

Japan Crown Prince vows to follow father's footstep

Manga, Mario and now ninja: Japan's hopes for wooing tourism

Money-losing Toshiba selling medical leasing unit to Canon

Multimedia
Swift negotiations free U.S. journalists
Timeline of U.S.-North Korea relations
Timeline of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs
Depth of Field: North Korea
A look at Kim Jong Il
Truth emerges about Kim Soo-im
Commission: U.S. military killed Korean refugees
South Koreans Protest U.S. Beef Accord
S. Korea Women Keep Diving Tradition Alive
Bittersweet Homecoming: Koreans Return Home After 68 Years in Russia
Latest News
Malaysia: Kim Jong Nam died within 20 minutes of poisoning

The Latest: Malaysia: Poison killed Kim within 20 minutes

Key developments in Kim's assassination investigation

Why N. Korea may have used VX to kill leader's half brother

Japanese cult also used VX; survivor recounts how it felt

interactive
Timeline of clashes

TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese author of a book on North Korea says Kim Jong Nam, who died in an apparent assassination in Malaysia this week, was opposed to hereditary rule by his family and wanted economic reform.

Tokyo-based journalist Yoji Gomi wrote his book "My Father, Kim Jong Ill, and Me," after interviewing Kim, the eldest son of late leader Kim Jong Il. The book provides a rare view into the family, including North Korea's current leader Kim Jong Un, Kim Jong Nam's half brother.

Gomi said Friday that Kim was a tiny hope for change in the isolated communist regime.

There has been speculation of Pyongyang's involvement in Kim's death. Malaysian police have arrested three people in the case, but it's not known if they have any links to North Korea.

© 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.



Latest News