Kim’s plea for life to be spared was futile
MALAYSIA: The brother of Kim Jong-un had pleaded with the North Korean leader to spare his life, intelligence officials have revealed, as police arrested two women suspected of assassinating him at a Malaysian airport.
Kim Jongnam, 45, wrote to his younger half-brother in 2012 and begged him to call off his assassins after a failed attempt on his life, according to South Korean officials.
The North Korean leader issued a ‘‘standing order’’ for the death of Kim Jong-nam, who had referred to the regime as ‘‘a joke’’ and predicted that it would collapse soon.
Two women are thought to have attacked Kim at Kuala Lumpur international airport on Tuesday as he went to check in for a flight to Macau, his main base since he went into exile some 15 years ago.
One of the women is alleged to have grabbed him while the other sprayed his face with a chemical and held a cloth over it.
The first woman arrested was travelling on a Vietnamese passport that identified her as 29-yearold Doan Thi Huong. She told police she was tricked into attacking Kim, saying she thought she was just playing a prank on him, the Star newspaper reported.
She also said she was abandoned by the other woman and four men who were involved in the attack.
North Korean diplomats in Kuala Lumpur tried to stop an autopsy from taking place.