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S. Korea suspects assassins killed Kim Jong Un's half-brother

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 01:34

South Korea's spy agency suspects two female North Korean agents assassinated the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Malaysia. Malaysian medical authorities are seeking cause of death. Ryan Brooks reports.

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Digging deeper into the death of Kim Jong Nam. South Korea on Wednesday (February 15) saying it suspects a pair of female agents from Pyongyang were behind the murder of Kim Jong Un's half-brother, and used poison to kill him. Malaysian police say he died on his way to the hospital from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. South Korea's acting leader Prime Minister called an emergency meeting on Wednesday morning. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN PRIME MINISTER AND ACTING PRESIDENT, HWANG KYO-AHN, SAYING: "If the murder of Kim Jong Nam was confirmed to be committed by the North, that would clearly depict the brutality and inhumanity of the Kim Jong Un regime." South Korean intelligence says Kim Jong Nam had been living with his second wife in the Chinese territory of Macau under protection from Beijing and according to Malaysian police, say the dead man held a passport under the name Kim Chol. Kim has spoken out publicly against his family's control of North Korea in the past. It's not clear yet why he was in Malaysia. Officials there say his cause of death is not yet known. Early on Wednesday, Kim's body was taken to a second hospital for an autopsy. A Malaysian police source says he's seen CCTV footage from the airport that confirms their suspect is a woman, and South Korean TV cite multiple official sources saying Kim had been poisoned by a needle by two North Korean operatives that fled by taxi. Malaysia is one of a handful of countries that maintain close ties to North Korea. Their citizens can visit each others countries without visas.

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S. Korea suspects assassins killed Kim Jong Un's half-brother

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 01:34