Kim Jong-nam’s death raises se­cu­rity is­sues


Could a lapse in se­cu­rity be­tween Kim Jong-nam’s se­cu­rity de­tail and Malaysian po­lice have given two North Korean spies the op­por­tu­nity to get close to him and poi­son him? That is the sug­ges­tion from a source fa­mil­iar with the case, ac­cord­ing to South Korea’s Yon­hap News Agency. The agency quoted the source as say­ing that agents of the Re­con­nais­sance Gen­eral Bureau, North Korea’s spy agency, had car­ried out the killing by tak­ing ad­van­tage of a se­cu­rity loop­hole cre­ated be­tween Jong-nam’s body­guards and Malaysian po­lice at Klia2, which is Malaysia’s low-cost car­rier air­port in Sepang.

Jong-nam, 45, who was the el­dest son of the late North Korean leader, Kim Jong Il, was said to have been killed by two women who are be­lieved to be spies. He was re­port­edly poi­soned by the two women at the air­port, where he was sched­uled to take a flight to Ma­cau. Jong-nam is the half-brother of cur­rent North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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