Malaysia expels North Korea Ambassador Kang Chol

Kang Chol declared persona non grata following the alleged murder of North Korean leader’s half-brother in Kuala Lumpur.

Kang Chol says Malaysia colluded with 'hostile forces' [File: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters]
Kang Chol says Malaysia colluded with ‘hostile forces’ [File: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters]

Malaysia has declared North Korea’s ambassador persona non grata over the alleged murder of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un‘s half-brother and ordered the diplomat to leave the country within the next 48 hours.

Kang Chol’s expulsion came on Saturday, just weeks after Kim Jong-nam was allegedly poisoned at Kuala Lumpur airport on February 13.

“The expulsion of the DPRK [North Korea] ambassador is… an indication of the government’s concern that Malaysia may have been used for illegal activities,” Malaysia’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

The decision was made after he failed to appear at Malaysia’s foreign ministry at 6pm local time on Saturday despite being summoned, said Al Jazeera’s Florence Looi, reporting from Kuala Lumpur. Tiếp tục đọc “Malaysia expels North Korea Ambassador Kang Chol”

Court charges two women with Kim Jong-nam murder

Al Jazeera

Under heavy security, Indonesian and Vietnamese nationals formally charged with murder and now face death penalty.

Two women were charged on Wednesday with the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, after his assassination by a liquid chemical weapon at a Malaysian airport.

Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, from Vietnam, were surrounded by a heavy police presence as they were charged in a Kuala Lumpur court over the February 13 killing.

Siti, wearing a red T-shirt, was brought in first to hear the murder charge read out before being taken away. Huong, also dressed casually, then heard the charge in Vietnamese.

The handcuffed women wearing body armour were both told they faced the death penalty if found guilty. Tiếp tục đọc “Court charges two women with Kim Jong-nam murder”

In Kim Jong-nam Killing, a Common Migration Tale Takes a Dark Turn

nytimes_NGHIA BINH, Vietnam — Growing up in this village of rice paddies and banana trees, Doan Thi Huong was known as a gentle girl and a diligent student, her brother said.

She left home at 17 to study pharmacology in Hanoi, the capital, and has returned home only about twice a year in the decade since, said her brother, Doan Van Binh. He said that he rarely pressed his sister for details about her life, and did not realize until a few days ago that she had been working in Malaysia.

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Vietnam says Kim Jong Nam murder suspect thought it was a prank

Hanoi had not previously confirmed that Doan Thi Huong was Vietnamese, saying only that it was in touch with authorities in Malaysia, where Kim Jong Nam was murdered on Feb. 13. Vietnamese embassy officials met her on Saturday. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam says Kim Jong Nam murder suspect thought it was a prank”

Kim Jong Nam probe: Indonesian suspect says she thought liquid was baby oil

KUALA LUMPUR: The Indonesian citizen detained in Malaysia in connection with the alleged assassination of Kim Jong Nam has maintained that she was duped into committing the act, believing that she was part of a prank on a TV show.

This was according to Indonesia’s Deputy Ambassador to Malaysia, Andriano Erwin, on Saturday (Feb 25), after a 30-minute meeting with Siti Aisyah.

She said she didn’t know that the liquid she used on Kim Jong Nam was in fact poison. “She only said that it’s a kind of oil, baby oil, something like that,” Mr Erwin told reporters. Tiếp tục đọc “Kim Jong Nam probe: Indonesian suspect says she thought liquid was baby oil”

Experts in South say North Korea has large chemical weapons stockpile

Japan Times

AFP-JIJI Feb 24, 2017

North Korea has up to 5,000 tons of chemical weapons, South Korean experts said Friday, including the toxin used to assassinate Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of leader Kim Jong Un.

Traces of VX — a nerve agent listed as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations — were detected on swabs from the face and eyes of Jong Nam, who was poisoned at a Kuala Lumpur airport last week, Malaysian police said Friday. Tiếp tục đọc “Experts in South say North Korea has large chemical weapons stockpile”

Nerve agent used to kill Kim Jong-nam: police

Al Jareeza

Malaysian police say nerve agent found on face of half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Kim Jong-nam was attacked by two unidentified women at Kuala Lumpur airport [EPA/YONHAP]

Malaysian police say a preliminary report shows the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was carried out with a nerve agent used in chemical warfare.

A statement on Friday from the inspector general of police said that a preliminary analysis from the Chemistry Department of Malaysia identified the agent at “VX nerve agent”.

VX nerve agent, or S-2 Diisoprophylaminoethyl methylphosphonothiolate, is a chemical weapon classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations. Tiếp tục đọc “Nerve agent used to kill Kim Jong-nam: police”

North Korea more isolated than ever after Malaysia murders

JapanTimes

AFP-JIJI Feb 23, 2017

North Korea had few friends even before the assassination of the leader’s half brother at a Kuala Lumpur airport last week, but the fallout from the killing looks set to further isolate the nuclear-armed state.

Pyongyang and Kuala Lumpur have enjoyed relatively warm economic ties, with some bilateral trade and citizens from both countries entitled to travel to the other under a unique reciprocal visa-free deal.

Malaysia has also provided a channel between Pyongyang officials and the wider world, with Kuala Lumpur in recent years serving as a discreet meeting place for talks between the regime and the United States. Tiếp tục đọc “North Korea more isolated than ever after Malaysia murders”

Keen singer to police cell – Vietnamese suspect in Kim murder

Reuters, Wednesday Feb 22, 2017

By Matthew Tostevin

The Vietnamese woman suspected of helping to kill the North Korean leader’s half-brother was a keen singer whose Facebook pages featured pouting portraits and pictures of parties.

Four days before Kim Jong Nam was killed at a Malaysian airport, she appears to have posted a picture of herself wearing a shirt emblazoned with the acronym “LOL”, similar to the one on the fleeing suspect caught on CCTV cameras.

Doan Thi Huong worked at an entertainment outlet, according to Malaysian police, who have arrested her over the murder of Kim Jong Nam. Tiếp tục đọc “Keen singer to police cell – Vietnamese suspect in Kim murder”

North Korea embassy official wanted over Kim killing

Al Jazeera

Malaysian police identify senior official in North Korean embassy as a suspect in the killing of Kim Jong-nam.

 Malaysian police have identified a senior official in the North Korean embassy as a suspect in the killing of Kim Jong-nam, and said another was linked to the North Korean state airline Air Koryo.

Police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said on Wednesday that both suspects are still in Malaysia and have been called in for questioning, adding that the North Korean diplomat held the rank of second secretary at the embassy. Tiếp tục đọc “North Korea embassy official wanted over Kim killing”

US lawmakers want North Korea put back on terrorism blacklist

Murder of Kim Jong-un’s half-brother strengthens calls for more sanctions as US urges China to keep pressure on North Korea

Combination of file photos shows Kim Jong-nam, left, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
Democrat and Republican lawmakers want North Korea relisted as state sponsor of terrorism after murder of Kim Jong-nam (L), half-brother of leader Kim Jong-un. Photograph: Shizuo Kambayashi, Wong Maye-E/AP

The apparent assassination of the North Korean leader’s estranged half-brother is strengthening bipartisan calls for the US to relist North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, a designation lifted nine years ago. Doing so would increase the country’s isolation, while potentially complicating any future diplomacy to halt its nuclear and missile programs.

The US kept North Korea on its terrorism blacklist for two decades after the 1987 bombing of a South Korean airliner killed 115 people. But President George W Bush lifted the designation in 2008 to smooth the way for aid-for-disarmament negotiations. The concession proved of little value as the talks collapsed soon after and have yet to resume. Tiếp tục đọc “US lawmakers want North Korea put back on terrorism blacklist”

Malaysia công bố ảnh 4 nghi phạm chủ mưu sát hại Kim Jong-nam

VnExpress Thứ bảy, 18/2/2017 | 12:50 GMT+7

Cảnh sát Malaysia công bố ảnh 4 nam nghi phạm trong vụ sát hại Kim Jong-nam và cho rằng 4 người này là chủ mưu.

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Ảnh 4 nghi phạm nam do cảnh sát Malaysia công bố. Ảnh: New Straits Times

Ảnh phóng to từ camera an ninh 4 nghi phạm được cho là mang quốc tịch Triều Tiên và cảnh sát Malaysia cho rằng 4 người này là chủ mưu dàn dựng vụ sát hại Kim Jong-nam, anh trai nhà lãnh đạo Triều Tiên Kim Jong-un, theo New Straits Times.

4 người này đã giám sát hai người phụ nữ mang hộ chiếu nước ngoài thực hiện vụ tấn công Kim Jong-nam từ Bibik Heritage, một nhà hàng đối diện hiện trường khoảng 40 mét.

Camera an ninh ở nhà hàng đã ghi hình được ba người, có mặt lúc 7h30, trước khi vụ tấn công xảy ra. Người thứ tư được cho là đã bám sát ông Kim khi hai người phụ nữ tấn công.

Cảnh sát cũng cho rằng những kẻ chủ mưu đã lần theo ông Kim khoảng một năm, khi ông liên tục di chuyển giữa Macau, Singapore và Malaysia. Thông tin ông Kim mới đến Singapore gần đây mới được công bố.

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North Korean arrested over Kim Jong-nam’s killing

Al Jareeza

Police make fourth arrest in Malaysia following death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half-brother.

Kim Jong-nam, left, had said on several occasions over the years that he had no interest in leading North Korea [AP]
Kim Jong-nam, left, had said on several occasions over the years that he had no interest in leading North Korea [AP]

Malaysian police have arrested a fourth suspect believed to be linked to the death of Kim Jong-nam, half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

According to a statement by Malaysian police on Saturday, the suspect was arrested a day earlier in Selangor state and was identified as 47-year-old Ri Jong-chol from North Korea.

On Wednesday, a 28-year-old woman named Doan Thi Huong and carrying Vietnamese travel documents was arrested at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the scene of Monday’s poisoning. Tiếp tục đọc “North Korean arrested over Kim Jong-nam’s killing”

Woman ‘paid $100 to target Kim Jong-nam in prank’

A WOMAN suspected of being involved in the assassination plot of Kim Jong-un’s brother was reportedly offered just $100 to carry out the attack which she believed was a prank.

As Malaysian police detained a third person over the death of Kim Jong-nam, it has been revealed that the two women and four men allegedly involved didn’t know each other before being brought together to carry out the attack.

According to UK newspaperThe Telegraph, a Malaysian security source revealed the six suspects were all living in Kuala Lumpur and were recruited by a secret service agent.

Dean Thi Huong, 28, from Nam Dinh, Vietnam, was arrested on Wednesday at the airport budget­ departure hall where Kim Jong-nam was attacked.

Indonesian national Siti Aishah was taken into custody on Thursday. Tiếp tục đọc “Woman ‘paid $100 to target Kim Jong-nam in prank’”