Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Woman arrested in killing of Kim Jong Un's half-brother, Malaysian police say

Woman arrested in killing of Kim Jong Un's half-brother, Malaysian police say

A woman carrying Vietnamese travel documents bearing the name Doan Thi Huong was arrested today at Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2, where Kim Jong Nam was allegedly attacked, police said.

Multiple South Korean media reports, citing unidentified government sources, said two women believed to be North Korean agents killed Kim Jong Nam with some kind of poison before fleeing the scene in a taxi.

Malaysian police confirmed a North Korean man died at the Kuala Lumpur airport today, but say they are still investigating the man's identity. "We are still looking for a few suspects, they are all still in Malaysia".

Police do not reveal details of autopsy done on half-brother of North Korean leader who was the target of a spraying incident at klia2 on Monday.

South Korea's Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, now also the country's acting president, said if it was confirmed the North Korean leadership was behind the murder, "that would clearly depict the brutality and inhumanity of the Kim Jong-Un regime". But why kill Kim and what threat did he pose to North Korea.

South Korea's spy agency said Wednesday that Kim Jong Un had issued a "standing order" for his half-brother's assassination, and that there had been a failed attempt in 2012.

When asked by a reporter Wednesday whether Beijing had been protecting Kim Jong Nam, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang did not directly respond.

Kim Jong Nam, who was 45, is believed to have had two families in China, according to Seoul's national intelligence service.

The official said Kim Jong Nam was attacked with a spray on Monday in the shopping concourse and sought help at an information counter.

News of the murder comes two days after Kim Jong Un test-fired a ballistic missile as part of efforts to develop North Korea's nuclear-weapons capability.

This would be the most high-profile death at the hands of the North Korean leadership since Kim Jong-un's uncle, Chang Song-thaek, was executed in 2013.

Jong Nam, estranged from the reclusive North Korean regime, was pronounced dead after being rushed to a hospital.

Kim Jong Un attended a ceremony in Pyongyang on Wednesday commemorating the 75th birthday of his late father, Kim Jong Il, according to state broadcaster Korean Central TV.

In 2012 he published the book: "My Father, Kim Jong Il, and I - Kim Jong Nam's Confessions", based on interviews and about 150 emails he exchanged with Kim Jong Nam for seven years.

"He told the receptionist at the departure hall that someone had grabbed his face from behind and splashed some liquid on him", said Selangor state's criminal investigation chief, Fadzil Ahmat, according to Malaysia's The Star newspaper.

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