The uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's murdered half brother says he has long been afraid something like this would happen.
Eighty-five-year-old Song Il-ki spoke to a Seoul-based news agency by phone Friday.
He's the brother of Song Hye-rim, the mother of Kim Jong-nam who was murdered in Malaysia on Monday. His two younger sisters left for North Korea with their parents before the Korean War broke out, but he remained in the South by himself.
Song told the news agency he feared something like this would happen because he felt Kim Jong-nam and his cousin, Yi Han-yong, were too exposed to the media.
Yi, whose mother is Song's other sister, was killed by a North Korean agent in 1997.