Assassination of North Korean defector in Malaysian Airport

On Tuesday February 14, it was reported by The Independent of the UK and the Telegraph that Kim Jong-Un’s half-brother Kim Jong-Nam has been assassinated in a Malaysian airport. It has been reported that Jong-Nam was sprayed in the face with an unknown liquid and then had a handkerchief held over his face. The two assassins apparently were able to escape in a taxi at the time, but have since been arrested by Malaysian police. One suspect has been reported to be Siti Aisyah, a 25-year old Indonesian woman, and another Vietnamese citizen Doan Thi Huong.

Kim Jong-Nam has the distinction of being the nephew of Jang Song-Thaek, a once-powerful advisor to Kim Jong-Il and Kim Jong-Un, who had a non-marital affair with a South Korean actress by the name of Sung Hae-Rim, who has since passed away. After Jang Song-Thaek was executed in December 2013, Jong-Nam fled to Malaysia and went into hiding, though it is speculated that he defected to the Chinese as an informant. It is predicted that Jong-Un was worried that Jong-Nam was the proper heir to the throne, and wanted him killed to ensure that his authority was preserved.

Police officials in Kuala Lumpur ordered a post-mortem which confirmed the Telegraph’s report that he was killed with a poisonous spray and handkerchief.

In my opinion, this is an alarming display of Kim Jong Un’s paranoia and desire for complete power. It seems the North Koreans were able to track Jong-Nam down and successfully assassinate him, as Jong-Nam has been confirmed dead in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. It is unsettling that North Korea’s desire for control and willingness to risk public scrutiny to tie-off any loose end that they deem dangerous would take them to these lengths. North Korea continues to prove why they are an evil empire and one of the most dangerous nations in currently in existence.