China deploying troops at North Korea border after assassination

16 February, 2017, 00:10 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Ryomyong Street rally in Pyongyang North Korea

Michiyo Ishida of Channel News Asia, citing Japan's Kyodo News, also reported that the killers' bodies were found.

Do we know who did it?

Kim Jong-nam was murdered at an Kuala Lumpur International Airport earlier this week. The man was travelling under the name of Kim Chol.

As for the newly detained suspect, Malaysian authorities arrested Doan Thi Huong, who was seen on the CCTV footage and had Vietnamese travel documents on her.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and they are looking for more suspects.

"We are very interested in the progress of the case", the spokesman said, while adding that he can not confirm whether Kim's family resides in Macau, a special administrative region of China.

Kim Jong Nam write a book with Japanese reporter Yoji Komi in 2012. In 2013, he sentenced to death his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, once considered his mentor and the country's second-most-powerful man, for what the North alleged was treason.

He has also ordered the execution of government officials.

South Korea's TV Chosun, a cable-TV network, reported that Kim had allegedly been killed by two unidentified women with poisoned needles.

So the order came from the top? He reportedly told medical workers he had been attacked with a chemical spray, and South Korea's intelligence agency believes he was poisoned.

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"This high-tech, lurid, James Bondish face cloth over the eyes from behind, that suggests to me to be the power of the state", says Mr Foster-Carter.

He said multiple times that he had no interest in leading his country. Kim was the half brother of Kim Jong Un, who was born in 1985. However, they had different mothers.

Speculation and rumors surrounding Kim Jong-nam's killing are rapidly swelling, despite any concrete evidence as to why Jong-nam was killed now.

The oldest of three brothers who were then in the running to take over secretive North Korea, Kim Jong-Nam was the closest thing the country had to a playboy.

He had been tipped by outsiders to succeed their dictator father, but reportedly fell out of favour when he was caught trying to enter Japan on a false passport in 2001, saying he wanted to visit Tokyo Disneyland.

North Korea is not so much a nation-state as it is an underworld organization.

What could the motive be?

If proven, the sanctioned assassination of Kim Jong Un's brother could further isolate a leadership in Pyongyang that is already struggling under harsh sanctions for its continued development of nuclear weapons and for widespread human rights violations.

"The other possibility that can not be ruled out is that of North Korean elites, who are competing against each other to show their loyalty to Kim Jong Un, making a move against Kim Jong Nam".

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