Korean spies in­volved in Kim killing in Malaysia: of­fi­cials

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

South Korea’s in­tel­li­gence ser­vice told law­mak­ers Mon­day that four North Korean gov­ern­ment spies were in­volved in the killing of the es­tranged half brother of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un.

Law­mak­ers cited the Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice as telling them in a pri­vate brief­ing that four of the North Kore­ans iden­ti­fied as sus­pects by Malaysian po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing the Feb. 13 death of Kim Jong Nam are from the Min­istry of State Se­cu­rity, the North’s spy or­gan.

The NIS was quoted as say­ing that two other sus­pects are af­fil­i­ated with Py­ongyang’s For­eign Min­istry, ac­cord­ing to Lee Cheol Woo, one of the law­mak­ers who at­tended the brief­ing. An­other law­maker Kim Byeong-ki cited the NIS as say­ing Kim Jong Un di­rected a “state-or­ga­nized ter­ror” to kill his brother.

Law­mak­ers didn’t say how the NIS got the in­for­ma­tion and if it elab­o­rated on what spe­cific roles th­ese North Korean sus­pects per­formed.

The NIS has a mixed record on re­port­ing de­vel­op­ments in the se­cre­tive North. The agency said it can­not con­firm its re­ported as­sess­ment on Kim Jong Nam’s death.

Malaysia hasn’t di­rectly ac­cused North Korea of hav­ing mas­ter­minded the Kim Jong Nam killing but is pur­su­ing sev­eral North Korean sus­pects, in­clud­ing a diplo­mat at the North Korean Em­bassy in Kuala Lumpur.

Kim Jong Nam died Feb. 13 at Kuala Lumpur’s air­port in what Malaysian po­lice say was a well-planned hit by a Viet­namese woman and an In­done­sian woman who sep­a­rately wiped a liq­uid onto Kim’s face. Po­lice last week iden­ti­fied the sub­stance as the banned chem­i­cal weapon VX nerve agent, and Malaysia’s health min­is­ter said Sun­day the dose was so high it caused “very se­ri­ous paral­y­sis” and killed him within 20 min­utes.

Malaysian of­fi­cials have said four North Korean men pro­vided the two women with the VX agent, then fled Malaysia the same day.

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