Kim’s plea for life to be spared was fu­tile

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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.

Kim Jong-nam

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