The death of Kim Jong-un's half brother in Malaysia has caught the attention of the world's press
South Korean and US officials believe the estranged half-brother of Kim Jong-un was killed by agents from the reclusive North.
Hwang Kyo-ahn said: “The murder carried out in public at an international 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.”
the North Korean regime’s terrorism tactics are getting bolder so we must be more vigilant
Hwang Kyo-ahn, South Korean Prime Minister
“As was seen in this case, the North Korean regime’s terrorism tactics are getting bolder so we must be more vigilant about the possibility of terror by the North Korean regime against our government and people.”
He told a meeting of South Korea’s National Security Council that it is nearly certain that North Korea was behind the killing.
Kim Jong-Nam had spoken out publicly against his family’s dynastic control of the isolated, nuclear armed nation.
Pyongyang has reacted angrily to Malaysia’s determination to carry out an autopsy and the refusal to immediately hand over the body. Diplomats in Kuala Lumpur had sought to prevent an investigation and demanded the 46 year-old’s body be returned.
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North Korea’s ambassador Kang Chol threatened Malaysia, saying his country would file a case to the international court, without elaborating on which court. He said Malaysia may be “trying to conceal something”.
China and Malaysia were two of the very few countries to maintain diplomatic relations but this killing has strained ties.
South Korea are worried by the recent antics of their northern neighbours
Malaysia has now recalled its envoy to Pyongyang in an escalating row with the secretive state. Police claim they have arrested a North Korean and are on the hunt for four other suspects who fled the country on the day of the attack.
China is irritated by the little state’s aggressive nuclear tests, including an intermediate ballistic test earlier this month. On Saturday it suspended all imports of coal from the North for the rest of 2017. Coal exports to China are a vital source of revenues for Kim Jong-un.
China have suspended coal imports from North Korea which could really hinder the states finances
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said: “China should use all available tools to moderate North Korea's destabilising behaviour.”
Kim died after suffering a seizure, officials say. A photo of Kim slumped on a chair in the medical centre at Kuala Lumpur international airport was published in the local New Straits Times over the weekend.
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