Monday, August 21, 2017
   
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

Kim Jong-nam: N Korea accuses US and S Korea of murder

Pyongyang accuses Washington and Seoul of the assassination in Malaysia in order to tarnish the North's image.

Kim Jong-nam

North Korea has blamed the United States and South Korea for the high-profile murder of leader Kim Jong-un's estranged half-brother in a Malaysian airport.

Kim In-ryong, North Korea's deputy UN ambassador, told reporters that "from A to Z, this case is the product of reckless moves of the United States and South Korean authorities".

Washington and Seoul were trying to tarnish the North's image and bring down its social system, Kim said on late Monday in New York.

Kim Jong-nam was killed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13 allegedly by two women - an Indonesian and a Vietnamese - who reportedly smeared his face with VX, a chemical classified by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction.

The women told diplomats from their home countries they thought they were participating in a prank for reality television.


READ MORE: Who produced the VX poison that killed Kim Jong-nam?


Malaysian police have since identified seven other North Koreans wanted in connection with the killing, including a senior embassy official in Kuala Lumpur. Four have left the country and are believed to be in Pyongyang.

Ambassador Kim said the cause of Kim Jong-nam's death "has not yet been clearly identified, but the United States and the South Korean authorities are groundlessly blaming [North Korea]".

He asked why the person who applied the VX agent, which is fatal if a tiny amount is inhaled, is still alive while the man it was applied to died.

The ambassador said the US is one of the few countries that can manufacture VX and it has stockpiled chemical weapons in South Korea, which could have provided the chemical agent for the attack.

"It is a final aim sought by the United States to store up the international repugnancy towards the DPRK," he said of the attack, with the intention of provoking a "nuclear war against DPRK at any cost".

Kim Jong-nam reportedly fell out of favour with his father, the late Kim Jong-il, in 2001 when he was caught trying to enter Japan on a false passport to visit Tokyo Disneyland.

He was not known to be seeking political power, but his position as eldest son of the family that has ruled North Korea since it was founded could have made him appear to be a danger to his half-brother Kim Jong-un.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

North Korea slams upcoming US-South military exercises

Read More

Philippine church leader urges end to drug killings

Read More

Indonesia in flag flap with Malaysia at Games

Read More

Thousands protest jailing of Umbrella Movement leaders

Read More

Liu Xiaobo's widow reappears in YouTube video

Read More

Kian Loyd Delos Santos, 17, killed in drug crackdown

Read More

Global_News

Thousands of troops participate in largely computer simulated Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills despite warnings from North.

Read More

Donation

Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:

Featured_Author

Login






Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Week in Pictures

Sierra Leone mudslides

'Unite the Right' rally