The assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, was a crime that could have far-reaching geopolitical consequences for the rest of the world. Particularly when tensions between the isolationist communist state and the western world are at an unprecedented fever pitch.
Kim Jong-nam was apparently killed at a Malaysian airport by North Korean assassins, according to South Korean media. Yonhap news stated Kim Jong-nam was killed in Kuala Lumpur on Monday morning after being jabbed with a poisoned needle by two women in the city’s airport. The women in question are thought to be North Korean agents dispatched by the State Security Department, North Korea’s secret police.
Kim Jong-nam once worked for North Korea’s foreign ministry, and was the heir apparent in line to inherit autocratic control of North Korea after the death of former North Korean despot Kim Jong-il, who ruled from 1994 to 2011. Kim Jong-nam fell out of favour in 2001 after being arrested at Tokyo’s Narita Airport after trying to enter Japan on a forged Dominican Republic passport. Jong-nam told Japanese police that he had wanted to visit Disneyland with his family.
Since Jong-il’s death in 2011, he was been on the run out of fear that Jong-un would have him killed in order to secure power. The 45-year-old was murdered by two female assassins, and now it seems that the first CCTV footage of the mysterious hitwomen has been found.
A woman suspected of being an assassin sent by Kim Jong-Un to kill his half-brother has been arrested at the Malaysia airport where the murder happened. Police in Malaysia are examining footage from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to try to determine what happened during the Cold War-style poison attack on Kim Jong-nam on Monday morning. Grainy pictures purportedly show their main suspect, a woman in a white shirt with “LOL” printed on the front standing at the terminal waiting for a taxi.
The image emerged amid conflicting reports over the fate of the two women believed to have killed Mr Kim. Sources in Japan suggested that the two women were also dead, potentially having committed suicide. A taxi driver, who is in his 30s, was also arrested soon after CCTV footage had been analysed.
This morning Malaysian police arrested a woman with a Vietnamese passport, who goes by the name Doan Thi Huong, aged thirty. Deputy Police Inspector General Rashid Ibrahim stated that the woman, who hails from the Nam Dinh province, was alone at the time, adding: “it is her. We recognised her from the footage and picked her up.”
Earlier reports suggested Jong-nam was targeted by two suspected female North Korean operatives who apparently attacked him from behind with poison spray. The 45-year-old, who had branded his younger brother’s regime a “joke”, was allegedly poisoned while waiting for a flight and died on his way to hospital.
The head of the NIS, the South Korean version of the CIA, stated in parliament that the North Korea government has been plotting to kill Kim since at 2012, and that he was paranoid about that half-brother would attempt to usurp his authority, saying: “After Kim Jong-un came to power, he gave a standing order that Kim Jong-nam had to be taken care of, at all costs.”
Certain reports have suggested the assassins held a cloth doused in chemicals in his face and burned his eyes, or stabbed him with a poisoned needle. US sources have claimed that fountain pen may have been used to spray poison. This incident comes not long after North Korea tested a new missile system, and only a few weeks after Kim Jong-un banned a number of things from the country, with Draconian punishments meted out to the disobedient.