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North Korean Ministries To Blame For Kim Jong Nam's Death, South Korea Says

By February 28, 2017 at 7:39 am
South Korean lawmakers say North Korea may have been behind Kim Jong-nam's death (Photo : Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)

South Korean intelligence claimed that lawmakers in Seoul said that some of the suspects wanted for the death of Kim Jong-Nam, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother, included officials from North Korea's foreign and security ministries. This came after Kim Jong-Nam was killed on Feb. 13.

It was previously reported that the Indonesian suspect in the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother, Kim Jong-Nam, was reportedly paid just $90 USD to perform the attack. Indonesian national, Siti Aisyah, claimed that she thought she was just doing a prank for a Japanese TV show.

VX is a highly-flexible chemical which can be mixed into food or drink as well as sprayed like an aerosol. Kim Jong-Nam, on the other hand, was smeared with the chemical on his face, which led to easy ingestion of the poison. A high dose of VX can be fatal within just minutes.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported that South Korean and U.S. officials believed that Kim Jong-Nam, who had spoken up against his family's dictatorship of North Korea, had been assassinated by agents of the reclusive country. Malaysian police have already identified eight North Koreans as wanted for questioning.

"Among eight suspects in this case four are from the ministry of state security and two who actually took action are from the foreign ministry," Lee Cheol-woo, one of the lawmakers briefed by South Korean intelligence, said. "That is why it is a case of terrorism led by the state, directly organized by the ministry of state security and the foreign ministry."

According to CNN, South Korean lawmaker Kim Byung-kee said that there were two assassination groups that worked apart before they met in Malaysia shortly before the murder. The first group was claimed to have included North Korean state security department member Ri Jae-Nam and foreign ministry worker Ri Ji-hyon as well as recruited Doan Thi Huong, a Vietnamese.

The second group also had someone from the state security department, O Jong-gil, and a foreign ministry member, Hong Song-hac. They were allegedly the ones who recruited Aisyah.

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