Donald Kirk is a journalist and the author of several books about Asian affairs, including Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine (2009); Okinawa and Jeju: Bases of Discontent (2013); Kim Dae Jung and the Quest for the Nobel (with Kim Kisam, 2016)

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A photo illustration of Kim Jong Un

An assassination plot financed by South Korea’s intel agency succeeded in recruiting an asset in Kim’s elite power circles, according to sources close to the plot.