South Korean academic: Assassination a message to potential North Korean defectors

21 February, 2017, 21:59 | Author: Valerie Burke

Earlier North Korean Ambassador to Malaysia Kang Chol had alleged that Malaysia's investigation was politically motivated.

On Monday, however, with the investigation continuing, Malaysia's foreign ministry announced it was recalling its ambassador from North Korea "for consultation".

"Any suggestion to the contrary is deeply insulting to Malaysia, as is the suggestion that Malaysia is in collusion with any foreign government", Mr Anifah said.

"We will categorically reject the result of the post-mortem conducted unilaterally excluding our attendance".

Video released Monday appears to show the moment that Kim Jong Nam was attacked and killed in a Malaysian airport.

He has been summoned by the Malaysian foreign ministry to explain his comments.

Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn told the meeting that it was almost certain that North Korea was behind the killing.

North Korean diplomats in Malaysia objected to an autopsy and had requested custody of Kim Jong Nam's body, arguing that he had a North Korean passport.

"She was probaly just used without realising it was an assassination attempt", Indonesian Police Chief, Tito Karnavian said according to local media.

Officials from South Korea and the U.S., enemies of North Korea, believe Kim Jong-nam was killed by agents sent from Pyongyang.

Four suspects, two women and two men, have been detained by Malaysian Police.

"The murder carried out in public at an worldwide airport of a third country is an unforgivable and inhumane criminal act and clearly demonstrates the recklessness and brutality of the North Korean regime that will spare no avenues when it comes to perpetuating itself", Hwang said.

The Feb. 13 murder of Kim Jong Nam - the oldest son of the late leader, Kim Jong Il - has raised questions about the stability of Kim's regime as he accelerates plans to build nuclear weapons that threaten the U.S., South Korea and Japan.

"We will verify again through scientific means, so it is very important for close family members to come forward to assist us in the process of identification based on legal procedures under Malaysian law", he added.

Startling images have been released which appear to show the deadly attack on the North Korean leader's half brother Kim Jong-Nam.

Kim Jong Nam can later be seen seeking assistance from staff at the airport.

Police had said Ri was working in Malaysia as an IT employee.

The 46-year-old, was targeted in the shopping plaza at the airport and had not yet gone through passport control, a senior government official said.

Police are also searching for other suspects including four men, who are believed to be involved in the case.

Reported by BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service.


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