Suspected Assassin of Kim Jong Un's Half-Brother Wore 'LOL' Shirt
- Author: Adam Floyd Feb 16, 2017,
Feb 16, 2017, 1:24
The estranged half-brother of North Korean (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) leader Kim Jong Un has been killed in Malaysia, a South Korean government source told Reuters yesterday.
South Korea's TV Chosun, a cable television network, said Kim was poisoned at Kuala Lumpur airport by two women believed to be DPRK operatives, who were at large, citing multiple South Korean government sources.
"The suspect was positively identified from the CCTV footage at the airport and was alone at the time of the arrest", police chief Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters yesterday.
The South Korean government says it is waiting for the Malaysian police to complete their investigation into the incident, but if it's confirmed that Kim Jong-un ordered his half brother's death, he will be unable to avoid global condemnation.
Jong-nam, 45, died after he was attacked at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) on Monday.
Lee Cheol Woo, chairman of South Korea's National Assembly Intelligence Committee, told a press briefing Wednesday that Kim had been poisoned, and the suspects were "presumed to be two Asian females".
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The North Korean officials requested that the body be released to them right away, but Malaysia rejected the request, several sources said.
Tokola, who served as deputy chief of mission at the US Embassy in Seoul, said Kim Jong Nam has been fairly quiet in his exile, but was quoted in the Japanese media in 2010 as saying he opposed dynastic succession in North Korea.
"Yes, nearly certainly", North Korea expert Van Jackson told Bloomberg. The incident angered his father and ultimately took him out of the running as North Korea's next leader. Kim Jong-Nam was once considered heir apparent but fell out of favour with his father Kim Jong-Il following a botched attempt in 2001 to enter Japan on a forged passport and visit Disneyland.
"It seems probable that the motivation for the murder was a continuing sense of paranoia on the part of Kim Jong Un, which may be a well-placed paranoia", Mr Tokola wrote in a commentary overnight.
"I hope my younger brother will do his best for the sake of North Koreans' prosperous lives".
Although there was scant evidence that Kim Jong Nam was plotting against the North Korean leader, he provided an alternative for North Koreans who would want to depose his brother.
Recently, South Korea had tried to negotiate Mr Kim's defection but failed, The Korea Herald reported.