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    N Korean Ex-Minister Allegedly Detained After Dismissal Over Abuse of Power

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    North Korea's former Minister of State Security Kim Won Hong has been arrested, following his dismissal in late January over the abuse of power, South Korean media reported Monday.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) — Five other senior officials may have been executed recently, Yonhap news agency claimed, citing South Korea's spy agency.

    According to the outlet, the representative of the South Korean intelligence agency also alleged that Pyongyang was responsible for the death of Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother. Kim was known to disapprove of North Korea's supreme leader's policies.

    Kim Jong Nam was killed on February 13 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport while waiting for his flight.

    A highly toxic gas was sprayed in his face as he was about to board a flight to Macau.

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