Cut ties with North Korea, urge BN Youth leaders
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 24, 2017,
Feb 24, 2017, 11:39
In a statement, national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar announced the results of preliminary analysis performed on Kim Jong Nam at the Centre for Chemical Weapons Analysis, which is part of the Chemistry Department of Malaysia.
Pyongyang, which is not a party to the United Nations Chemical Weapons Convention, is the top suspect in the murder of Kim Jong-nam, an unambitious but outspoken critic of his younger brother's rule.
The Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi instructed the foreign ministry to carry out an assessment of the relationship between the two countries and present the findings to the government, asking North Korea to respect Malaysian laws and the professionalism of its experts.
Leaked CCTV footage from the brazen attack on February 13 shows Kim being approached by two women who appear to put something in his face.
Two women were arrested in the attack after Nam died from a seizure on the way to the hospital, though one told investigators that she thought she was playing a practical joke for a hidden camera show.
South Korea's spy agency believes North Korea was behind the killing, but has produced no evidence.
Yesterday, Khalid said Malaysian police have submitted an official letter of request to interview the diplomat, along with another North Korean citizen.
The nerve agent was found after swabbing Kim Jong Nam's eyes and face post-mortem. They had practiced at a couple of shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur, and were instructed to wash their hands after the attack, he said.
Kim was poisoned as he waited for a flight to Macau.
North Korea has never acknowledged him as the estranged brother of its leader.
We wonder how well protected the assassins were, given that they came so close in contact with VX, but there's a chance they weren't aware of how toxic it was.
South Korean government officials have speculated that Kim Jong Un was behind the killing of his half-brother, a critic of his leadership who had lived outside the country for years.
Diplomatic ties between Malaysia and North Korea have worsened following Kim's death.
It also condemned the Malaysian authorities for not releasing the corpse "under the absurd pretext" that it needs a DNA sample from the dead man's family.
Kim was once seen as a possible successor to his father, Kim Jong-il, but was bypassed in favour of his younger half-brother, Kim Jong-un, and spent many years living overseas.
Having previously indicated his desire to return to North Korea to improve the country, Kim Han Sol could one day become a potential challenger to both his uncle, Kim Jong Un, and even the regime itself.