Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong to be charged with murder of Kim Jong Nam with VX nerve agent
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
After weeks of speculation, both the U.S. and South Korean authorities have stated Kim was the target of a political assassination on the orders of the North Korean government, which is currently headed by his half-brother, Kim Jong Un. North Korea has continued to deny involvement, calling these "false reports."
weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations. He died on the way to the hospital. Both Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong have stated they thought they'd been hired to spray Kim with harmless baby oil for a televised prank show, but the Malaysian police say they do not believe this.footage showed Kim Jong Nam was approached in the airport by two women, one of whom distracted him while the other applied a , which is classified as a
South Korean foreign minister Yung Byung-se told the press North Korea has large stockpiles of VX and other agents, saying, "The recent assassination is a wake-up call to all of us to North Korea's chemical weapons capability and its intent to actually use them."
In other developments, North Korean diplomats arrived in Malaysia today to negotiate the release of one of their citizens, Ri Jong Chol, who was arrested shortly after Doan and Aisyah, and to claim the remains, which they still assert may not be those of Kim Jong Nam. Malaysian authorities have said they will not release the remains without a Kim family DNA sample, promising police protection to any of Kim's relatives who come to Malaysia to provide one.
Malaysian authorities are still pursuing seven other suspects, all North Koreans, some affiliated with the North Korean government.
Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong may see trial as early as two months from now.
- "Break-in attempted at mortuary housing remains of Kim Jong Nam" — Wikinews, Thursday, February 23, 2017
- "Malaysian authorities arrest fourth suspect in killing of Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of North Korean leader" — Wikinews, Sunday, February 19, 2017
- Ben Westcott. "Kim Jong Nam killing suspects to be charged with murder, minister says" — , February 28, 2017
- Oliver Holmes. "Kim Jong-nam: North Korean team seeks body as women face charges" — , February 28, 2017
- Ben Westcott. "Kim Jong Un 'ordered' half brother's killing, South Korean intelligence says" — , February 28, 2017
- Joshua Berlinger and Saima Mohsin. "Kim Jong Nam: More N. Koreans being sought; break-in attempt at morgue" — , February 27, 2017