North Korea Blames South Korea and THAAD Deployment for Murder of Kim Jong-nam

This likely for domestic consumption within North Korea because with all the evidence piled up against North Korea I don’t think anyone outside the country will believe this claim:

Members of Umno Youth, the United Malays National Organization’s youth wing, protest against the killing of Kim Jong-nam outside the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday. North Korea denied Thursday being involved in the killing, saying a Malaysian investigation into the death of one of its nationals is full of “holes and contradictions.” [AP/YONHAP]

After South Korean “conservative media” published reports that he was “poisoned to death by two women agents of the General Reconnaissance Bureau of North Korea,” the Malaysian police “recklessly made it an established fact,” the KCNA said.

It said Malaysia pushed for an autopsy of the body without any prior agreement with the North and its representatives.

“Moreover, the Malaysian side clamored for a second autopsy without publishing the results of the first autopsy,” the KCNA said, claiming “the unjust acts of the Malaysian side are timed to coincide with the anti-DPRK conspiratorial racket launched by the South Korean authorities.”

It claimed that South Korean authorities have shown “excessive responses” to the case and that they openly discussed the deployment of a U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

“This proves that the South Korean authorities have long expected the case since it worked out a scenario for it,” it said.  [Korea Times]

You can read more at the link, but you have to love the fact that the THAAD issue is even to blame for the murder of Kim Jong-nam.  What else could possibly be blamed on THAAD?

North Korean Embassy In Malaysia Linked to Murder of Kim Jong-nam; Suspects Knew They Were Committing Murder

Two large developments in the murder of Kim Jong-nam today.  The first development is that the North Korean embassy has been linked to the murder:

Royal Malaysian Police chief Khalid Abu Bakar, left, addresses journalists in front of a screen displaying the details of the fifth North Korean suspect, Ri Ji-u, during a press conference at the Bukit Aman police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday. Detectives probing the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, want to question a North Korean diplomat, Malaysia’s top policeman said. [AP/YONHAP]

A second secretary at the North Korean Embassy in Malaysia is the latest suspect sought in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, Malaysian police said Wednesday, the strongest proof yet that the communist regime masterminded the plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half brother.

In their second press briefing since Kim Jong-nam was killed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on the morning of Feb. 13, police said they were searching for a 44-year-old North Korean diplomat named Hyon Kwang-song, who arrived in Malaysia on Sept. 20, 2016.  [Joong Ang Ilbo]

It makes sense that any murder of Kim Jong-nam would have had assistance from the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur.  Malaysia should seriously consider shutting the place down considering the criminal activity conducted there.  The second major development is that Malaysian authorities believe the two women who committed the attack knew what they were doing:

Khalid said the women knew they were handling poisonous materials during the attack, which occurred in a departure area of Kuala Lumpur’s budget airport, and had practiced the attack multiple times.

“We strongly believe it is a planned thing and that they have been trained to do that. This is not just like shooting a movie,” he told reporters.  (………)

The case has perplexed leading forensic toxicologists who study murder by poison. They say the airport attack is one of the most bizarre cases in the books, and question how the two women could walk away unscathed after deploying an agent potent enough to kill Kim Jong Nam before he could even make it to the hospital.

Khalid noted the two women “were warned to take precautions,” and said security camera footage showed them quickly walking to restrooms after the attack to wash their hands.  [Associated Press]

Malaysian authorities have completely ruled out the attack being a prank:

“We’re ruling out the possibility that the women thought the attack was a prank or even that they believed they were shooting a television show,” Khalid Abu Bakar was quoted by The Star, a news outlet in Malaysia, as saying.

“The lady was moving away with her hands toward the bathroom,” said Khalid, according to The New Straits Times, another Malaysian newspaper. “She was very aware that it was toxic and that she needed to wash her hands.”  [Joong Ang Ilbo]

After watching the security camera footage I was convinced that at least the Vietnamese woman Doan Thi Huong knew what she was doing considering how violently she attacked Kim Jong-nam with the poisoned cloth.

Kim Han-sol Believed to Have Arrived in Malaysia to Claim Father’s Body

The man in the video who arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport does have a pretty good resemblance to Kim Jong-nam:

There is no sign of Kim Han-sol at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) following speculation that he was on his way here.

As at 11pm Monday, reporters were seen leaving KLIA2 after failing to confirm the arrival of Han-sol, the son of the Kim Jong-nam who was killed last Monday.

However, there was a slight commotion when a man, whom media suspected of being Han-sol stepped out of the domestic arrival gate.

The man, who was wearing a cap, earphones and a black face mask, walked away before the gathered media were able to ask him any questions.

Earlier in the day, a message circulated among the media that the 22-year-old son of murdered Kim Jong-nam would be touching down at KLIA2 at around 7.30pm. [The Star]

You can read more at the link.

Video Leaked of the Attack and Murder of Kim Jong-nam

Someone has leaked the footage captured at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport of the attack and murder of Kim Jong-nam:

The biggest thing I take from this footage is that this was supposed to be a prank as the suspects have claimed what was supposed to be so funny about it?  The Indonesian woman Siti Aisyah can be seen talking to Kim Jong-nam and then almost immediately afterwards the Vietnamese woman Doan Thi Huong violently puts a cloth around his face and they both casually walk off. Looking at the video I could understand how Aisyah may have thought she was part of a prank, but Huong looked like she knew this wasn’t a prank in my opinion.

I was surprised that Kim did not immediately try to get to the restroom and get some water to wash off his face.  Instead he wasted time talking to authorities who eventually walked him over to a medical clinic.  Who knows if it would have made a difference, but I would think immediately washing the poison off his face at least would have given him a better chance to survive the attack.

Four North Korean Men Linked to Kim Jong-nam Murder Have Fled Malaysia

I figured that the real North Korean agents would have fled the country immediately after Kim Jong-nam was killed; they are all probably safely back in North Korea by now:

Noor Rashid speaking at a press conference at Bukit Aman on Sunday Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/02/19/jong-nam-murder-police-pc/#Ug6FBPgBF0GVvwCX.99

Malaysia’s police are looking for four more North Korean suspects who they say left the country the same day the North Korean leader’s brother died after being attacked at the Kuala Lumpur airport.

Deputy national police chief Noor Rashid Ibrahim identified all four at a news conference on Sunday. He also identified a fifth person of interest and showed photographs of two more North Koreans who were not identified by name but are also wanted in connection with Kim Jong Nam’s apparent assassination on Monday.  [Stars & Stripes]

Here are the names of the four suspects, so if anyone happens to run in them please let Police Chief Ibrahim know:

Malaysian police officers escort Ri Jong-chol, second from left in the top photo, one of the North Korean suspects involved in the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s older half-brother Kim Jong-nam in Kuala Lumpur, Saturday. Other North Korean suspects are, from left in the bottom row, are Ri Jae-nam, Ri Ji-hyon, O Jong-gil and Hong Song-hac. / Yonhap

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the suspects, all North Koreans, left the country on Monday Feb 13, the day of Jong-nam’s murder.

“We can confirm that the four left the country on the same day of the attack.

“We are cooperating with Interpol and other relevant bodies in the region,” he told a press conference in Bukit Aman on Sunday.

The press conference is the first that the police have conducted since Jong-nam was assassinated.

The four wanted suspects are:

1. Rhi Ji Hyon, 33, arrived in Malaysia Feb 4, 2017

2. Hong Song Hac, 34, arrived Jan 31, 2017

3. O Jong Gil, 55, arrived Feb 7, 2017

4. Ri Jae Nam, 57, arrived Feb 1, 2017    [The Star]

Of interest is that according to The Star article the North Korean man that they did arrest has a background in chemistry which means they must think he is the guy that put the poison together.  It seems like if he did why didn’t he leave the country with the other four agents?

Woman Linked to Kim Jong-nam Murder Traveled to Vietnam and South Korea with North Korean Agent

Here is the latest details about the women who apparently were duped into murdering Kim Jong-nam by a North Korean agent who allegedly was able to travel to South Korea:

Female suspects Doan (left) and Siti Aishah.

The two women suspected to have murdered North Korean Kim Jong-nam were allegedly “recruited” by a mysterious man to carry out the deadly task as early as three months ago.

According to a report by China Press, both Siti Aishah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 29, were not North Korean “special agents, but were possibly duped by a spy ring to commit the assassination.

Indonesian national Siti Aishah was arrested at 2am on Thursday, while Doan, who holds a Vietnamese passport, was arrested a day earlier.

China Press reported that the mystery man, believed to be a spy, got to know Doan about three months ago in Malaysia, who eventually became his escort.

The mystery man even took her on several overseas trips, including on one to Vietnam, where they visited her hometown and another trip to South Korea.

China Press reported the mystery man then introduced Doan to the four men still wanted by the police in connection with the killing.

It reported that the mystery man got to know Siti Aishah about a month ago, but only introduced the two women to each other recently when he told them about a “prank ” he wanted them to pull off.

The two women have claimed that they had no idea that it would lead to trouble as they thought it was only supposed to be a filming of the prank being carried out.

They apparently rehearsed the “spoof” many times and were able to carry out the process proficiently.  [The Star]

You can read more at the link.

Man With North Korean Passport Arrested for Link to Murder of Kim Jong-nam

It looks like Malaysian authorities may have caught one of the North Korean operatives behind the assassination of Kim Jong-nam:

One of the four men sought by police over the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half-brother Kim Jong-nam has been detained.

It is learnt that the suspect was arrested after police raided a condominium in Jalan Kuchai Lama at about 11pm on Friday.

The 47-year-old suspect was found to be holding a North Korean passport at the time of arrest.

Three more men are being hunted by police in the investigation into Jong-nam’s murder.  [The Star]

It is going to be very interesting to see what they find out from this man.  You would think the Kim regime would have had a better escape plan for their operatives if this man is indeed linked to the crime.

UPDATE #1:

Malaysian authorities have identified the North Korean man they arrested as 46-year old, Ri Jong-chol:

Malaysian police said on Saturday they had arrested a North Korean man in connection with the murder of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as a diplomatic spat over his body escalated.

Kim Jong Nam died this week after being assaulted at Kuala Lumpur International Airport with what was thought to be a fast-acting poison. South Korean and U.S. officials have said he was assassinated by North Korean agents.

Malaysian police said the latest arrest connected with the murder was made on Friday night, and the suspect was identified as Ri Jong Chol, born on May 6, 1970. He was in possession of a Malaysian i-Kad, which is an identification card given to foreign workers, they added.

“He is suspected to be involved in the death of a North Korean male,” read a statement.  [Reuters]