As details emerge in the extraordinary killing Malaysian police confirmed they have arrested one women, from Myanmar, has been arrested at Kuala Lumpur airport in connection with the death.
Kim Jong-nam was confirmed to have been killed in Malaysia after he collapsed at Kuala Lumpur airport, following what is widely believed to have been an assassination by North Korean agents.
According to statements it is highly likely he was poisoned, with conflicting reports naming a needle, spray and a cloth as the vessel used to administer the lethal substance.
The 46-year-old was at the airport waiting to travel back to Macau, where he has been living in exile after falling out of favour with the regime, when he came into contact with the noxious substance.
Kim Jong-nam was confirmed to have been killed in Malaysia after he collapsed
The 46-year-old was at the airport waiting to travel back to Macau, where he has been living
Criminal investigation chief Fadzil Ahmat said: "He told the receptionist at the departure hall that someone had grabbed his face from behind and splashed some liquid on him.
"He asked for help and was immediately sent to the airport's clinic.
"At this point, he was experiencing headache and was on the verge of passing out.
"At the clinic, the victim experienced a mild seizure.
"He was put into an ambulance and was being taken to the Putrajaya Hospital when he was pronounced dead."
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CCTV has been released of one of the two alleged assassins, a woman with short, dark hair, wearing a skirt, a long sleeved top saying ‘lol’ and with handbag over her shoulder.
South Korean authorities claim the women fled in a taxi after the killing, while Japanese media have reported one of the women has been found dead.
A post-mortem will be held later today – reportedly agist the North Korean government’s express demands – to determine the cause of Jong-nam’s death.
CCTV has been released of one of the two alleged assassins,
Officials from the secretive regime’s embassy are said to have arrived at the hospital
The victim experienced a mild seizure
Officials from the secretive regime’s embassy are said to have arrived at the hospital where the body is, and are coordinating with local authorities, police sources said.
South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, the country's acting president, told a security council meeting: “If the murder of Kim Jong Nam was confirmed to be committed by the North Korean regime, that would clearly depict the brutality and inhumanity of the Kim Jong Un regime.”
South Korea’s spy agency claimed there had been a previous attempt on Jong-nam’s life in 2012.
The spy agency added there had been a “standing order” issued by Jong-un for his half-brother’s assassination.
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He was the heir apparent to the brutal North Korean regime but fell out of favour after he was found trying to lave the country and visit Japan, reportedly to see Tokyo Disney.
Jong-nam was found to be travelling with a fake passport.
When he was found at Kuala Lumpur airport he was said to be in possession of a passport in the name of Kim Chol.
The exiled North Korean was as to have had a second wife and son in Beijing,
South Korea’s spy agency claimed there had been a previous attempt on Jong-nam’s life
The exiled North Korean was as to have had a second wife and son in Beijing, and one in Macau, where he lived in the Chinese state under Beijing’s protection.
He and current leader Kim Jong-un have the same father, Kim Jong-il who died in 2011, but different mothers. Mr Jong-nam was the eldest son of the former leader.
Mr Jong-nam said frequently over the years he had "no interest in leading his country."
"Personally I am against third-generation succession.”
He was said to be close to his uncle, Jang Song Thank, who was a powerful man in the North Korean regime before Jong-un is said to have ordered his killing in 2013, allegedly feeding him to dogs.
Michael Madden, a US-based expert on the North Korean leadership, said the assassination may have been ordered as Jong-un grows fearful of potential leadership bids from his allies.
He was the heir apparent to the brutal North Korean regime but fell out of favour
He and current leader Kim Jong-un have the same father, Kim Jong-il who died in 2011
Referring to the defection of North Korea’s deputy ambassador to London last year, he said: "Kim Jong-un may have been worried about more and more of North Korean elites turning against him after Thea Yon Ho defected to the South.”
Numerous officials have been killed since Jong-un took power following his father’s death, the most powerful his uncle.
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