Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Woman Arrested Over Alleged Assassination Of Kim Jong-Nam

Woman Arrested Over Alleged Assassination Of Kim Jong-Nam

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's estranged half-brother has died after reportedly being attacked with "poisoned needles" at a Malaysian airport.

Reuters reports that Kim Jong Nam was attacked Monday in Kuala Lumpur airport and died on his way to hospital. Since this case is still being investigated, we should wait for details until the Malaysian government makes an announcement [on details of the murder].

Malaysian authorities refused a request from the North Koreans not to conduct an autopsy, said the three sources. South Korean lawmakers, citing the nation's intelligence agency, said that two female assassins from North Korea killed him with a poisonous spray before fleeing the airport in a taxi.

Why he was killed remains the big question, although some analysts have suggested that Kim Jong-un was paranoid and maybe even feared for his life.

The assassination plot involving Kim Jong-nam, was discussed at a high-level ministerial meeting here today.

"According to [Lee]. there was one [assassination] bid in 2012, and Jong-nam in April 2012 sent a letter to Jong-un saying 'Please spare me and my family, '" Kim Byung-kee, a member of the parliamentary intelligence committee, told reporters.

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.

"Kim Jong Nam attempted to defect to South Korea or another country and ignored Jong Un's orders to come home, which is why he was assassinated", said an expert on North Korea.

"I'm concerned how Jong Un, who merely resembles my grandfather, will be able to satisfy the needs of North Koreans".

However, Malaysia is yet to formally confirm that the dead man is Kim Jong-nam, as he was travelling under a different name, Kim Chol.

The most spectacular among them was the 2013 execution of his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, once considered the country's second most powerful man, for what the North alleged was treason.

Meanwhile in Pyongyang, Kim Jong Un attended a mass rally marking 75 years since his father was born.

Jong-nam could've had the North Korean throne for himself, but apparently he was enjoying women and gambling in Macau to much.

That snafu is widely believed to have caused a rift between him and the rest of the Kim clan, and stymied any hope that Kim Jong Nam might have succeeded his father, the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

"A lot of media reports, especially in Japan and South Korea, are focusing on the relations between China and North Korea".

"It tells us that North Korea is a very brutal regime", says Mr Foster-Carter. Kim, who was in his mid-forties, was the eldest of former dictator Kim Jong Il's children.

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