Kim Jong-nam, the 38-year-old eldest son of the former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, told Japanese TV he is against the hereditary succession. He was passed over in favor of his younger brother Kim Jong-un.
Kim Jong-nam, who reportedly lives in Macau and Beijing, told Asahi TV in an interview shown Monday, "Personally, I'm against the three generations of hereditary succession. But I also think there were internal factors behind the decision, and if it is the case, then we should follow that."
Kim Jong-nam was assassinated at an airport in Malaysia.
Was the exiled Kim Jong-nam’s denouncement of hereditary succession enough for his brother to order his assassination? Kim Jong-un has ordered the assassination other relatives for less offenses.