North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un’s half-brother Kim Jong-nam confided in a friend that his life was in danger months before he was murdered in a Malaysian airport, according to Reuters.
Kim, a critic of the North Korean regime living in exile abroad, was killed last February when two women attacked him with VX, a banned nerve agent recognized as a weapon of mass destruction, at Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Two female assailants carried out the attack — one Indonesian, the other Vietnamese — but North Korean operatives are believed to be the masterminds.
Four North Korean fugitives have been charged with murder alongside the two women, who assert that they were misled and used as pawns in a politically motivated assassination.
Six months before the incident, Kim Jong-nam told friend Tomie Yoshio his “life was in danger,” police investigator Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz revealed Tuesday. “I am scared for my life,” Kim supposedly said before his death.
Another foreshadowing indicator Kim realized was the mysterious collection of VX-antidote-filled glass vials found in the bag he was carrying at the time of the murder.
Kim Jong-un took power after the death of his father and violently purged hundreds of officials, including his uncle. Kim reportedly issued a standing order calling for the assassination of his older brother. Kim Jong-nam is said to have begged his younger brother to spare his life, and he told reporters that he regularly felt like he was living on borrowed time.
The murder of Kim Jong Nam was a key factor in President Donald Trump’s decision to relist North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.
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