Woman held over Kim Jong-nam death

Half brother of North Korean leader assassinated in Malaysia

A screenshot montage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his estranged half-brother Kim Jong Nam Source Screenshot REUTERS Edward Szall

Kim Jong Nam, 45, was killed at Kuala Lumpur airport shortly after contact with two female North Korean operatives, according to local news.

Malaysian police official Fadzil Ahmat told Reuters that Kim was at the airport's budget terminal awaiting a flight to Macau on Monday when someone grabbed his face from behind.

- 1974 - A man believed to be a North Korean agent shot at Park when he was delivering a speech at an Independence Day ceremony. "So far, the cause of death has not been revealed, so it would be irresponsible to put forward any hypotheses".

South Korean lawmakers said the spy agency told them that young, unpredictable Kim Jong Un had issued a "standing order" for his half-brother's assassination after he took power, and that there had been a failed attempt in 2012.

YG: Not only me, but other North Korean defectors whom I met in Japan, said something like this about Kim Jong Nam: "North Korea can change". Kim Hong Un reportedly ordered his execution.

Bong also said the development could mean that, having demonstrated his power, the North Korean leader might now feel he has the latitude to strike a deal with US President Donald Trump without appearing weak.

Two women are believed to have used some kind of poison for the Cold War-style killing, with reports from Malaysia and South Korea suggesting Kim Jong-Nam had been stabbed with poison-tipped needles or had chemicals sprayed in his face. "It covers everything including hunting down the possible suspects", said Abdul Samah Mat, chief of police of Selangor state which surrounds the capital.

Outside the forensics department, a black Jaguar sedan bearing the North Korean flag pulled up on Wednesday afternoon, followed by another vehicle.

Kim Jong Nam, the eldest son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il who was allegedly assassinated in Malaysia on February 14, is believed to have lost his chance to succeed his father after he tried to enter Japan in 2001 by using a fake passport.

Officials said that Kim's half-brother frequently spent time away from North Korea, and so he held little sway over the nation's politics. He was born in Pyongyang on May 10, 1971.

Gause said Kim Jong-nam had been forthright that he did not have political ambitions, although he was publicly critical of the North Korean regime and his brother's legitimacy in the past.

Who might have killed Kim?

Kim Jong Nam also criticized North Korea's dynastic succession and that he had no interest in running the country, which remains in the iron grip of his half-brother. "And if there was any move or plan by some elite there to have him replace Jong Un, he probably should be removed".

Kim Jong Nam was believed to be close to his uncle, Joang Song Thaek.

"Kim Jong Un said: 'I just hate him".

"Our government is certain that the murdered man is Kim Jong-Nam", said Chung Joon-Hee, a spokesman for Seoul's unification ministry that handles inter-Korea affairs. USA government sources have also told Reuters that they believe Jong-nam was assassinated in Kuala Lumpur and blame North Korea.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. She was in possessions of a Vietnamese travel document when she was busted. He was Jong-Il's eldest son, and his mother was the actress Sung Hae-Rim.

It is widely speculated that Jong Nam was denied the throne because of a trip he made when he was younger.

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