Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un assassinated in Malaysia: Yonhap

Half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un assassinated in Malaysia: Yonhap

CCTV images of the suspected female assassins who are believed to have murdered North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's half-brother in Malaysia have emerged as police hunt for his killers.

Kim Jong-nam, 46, reportedly told medical workers that he had been attacked with chemical spray before he died.

North Korea has not commented on the death but officials from the country's Malaysian embassy have been visiting the hospital in Kuala Lumpur where Mr Kim's body has been taken. "So far, the cause of death has not been revealed, so it would be irresponsible to put forward any hypotheses".

In the past, Kim Jong-Un has allegedly executed senior advisory officials in an effort to more tightly seize power in the secretive and authoritarian state.

Details of the Malaysia case were sketchy, but the NIS cited Kim Jong Un's "paranoia" about his half brother.

Five years ago, Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korea's ruler, pleaded with his younger sibling to spare his life, according to two lawmakers in South Korea. The airport is in Selangor, near Kuala Lumpur. That year, he attempted to enter Japan with a false passport, reportedly to visit Tokyo Disneyland.

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. He is believed to have been born May 10, 1971.

A passport under the name Kim Chol was found on his person, while a post-mortem will be carried out later on the man once considered to be the likely successor to late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.

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The killing was a stern warning to anyone who dares to challenge Kim's rule.

According to a report, Kim Jong-nam had stressed that he posed no political threat, having little or no support inside North Korea itself.

YG: I heard that Kim Jong Nam was not going to do interviews for a while because of possible situations with Kim Jong Nam's son, Hansol, who was attending a university in France.

Speculation has run rampant that Jong Un was behind the hit because of his rocky relationship with Jong Nam over the years. Perhaps needless to say, in North Korea, uttering either of those sentiments can be a capital offense.

He said an unidentified woman was reported to be near Kim Jong Nam at the time of the incident, and that the woman's whereabouts were now not known.

Kim had no official title and lived outside North Korea. Neither of his sisters, who are thought to be part of the North Korean government, would stand much of a chance of rising to power in the highly patriarchal country. His travel destination on Tuesday was Macau, where he had been living, said the Malaysian police.

Kim Jong Il had at least three sons with two women, as well as a daughter by a third.

- 2011 - A North Korean agent was jailed in the South for attempting to assassinate Park Sang-hak, a defector from the North, with a poison-tipped needle.

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