The death of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean President Kim Jong Un was organised by ministries in Pyongyang, South Korean intelligence says.
Revealing more about the findings, South Korea informed that the suspects wanted for the murder of Kim Jong Nam included several officials who worked for the reclusive state’s foreign and security ministries.
“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, told reporters.
“That is why it is a case of terrorism led by the state, directly organised by the ministry of state security and the foreign ministry,” Lee added.
Malaysian police have identified a total of eight North Koreans as suspects or as wanted for questioning, including a North Korean embassy official believed to still be in Kuala Lumpur.
The revelation is coming a day after Malaysia’s health minister Subramaniam Sathasivam revealed that the dose of nerve agent given to Kim was so high that it killed him within 20 minutes and caused “very serious paralysis.”
Sathasivam said the dose of VX given to Kim was on the high side as he showed symptoms within minutes. He said Kim fainted at the airport clinic and died in the ambulance while en route to a hospital.
Kim died on the 13th of February at Kuala Lumpur’s airport in what Malaysian police say was a well-planned hit by two women who wiped a liquid on Kim’s face with police revealing that the banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent was used to kill him.
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