Why was Kim Jong Nam assassinated? by Tony Garcia
Answer by Tony Garcia:
Analysts have stated that the assassination could have been ordered over reports that Kim Jong-nam was preparing to defect. The Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi confirmed that Kim Jong-nam had been traveling with two passports, using the identity of Kim Chol, a vice minister in the army who had been executed in 2012.
One thing is clear, the assassination team was sorely lacking in tradecraft. One of the female assassins was easily identified from closed circuit television images due to her conspicuous clothing. The boyfriend of the second female assassin quickly gave up her name and whereabouts to authorities under questioning. As of this writing, three other males seen in the company of the two women are being sought.
Kim Jong-nam’s assassination is the latest in a series of high-profile deaths ordered under the watch of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un:
- Half-brother Kim Jong-nam, attacked with a chemical spray;
- Education chief Ri Yong-jin, executed with a high-caliber machine gun for falling asleep during a meeting;
- Defense minister Hyong Yong-Choi, shot by anti-aircraft guns for falling asleep during an event and not carrying out instructions;
- General Jang Song-Thaek, Kim Jong-un's uncle, accused of being a counter-revolutionary and executed;
- Kim Kyong-hui, General Jang’s wife and Kim Jong-un's aunt, poisoned after complaining about her husband's execution;
- Deputy public security minister O Sang-hon, an ally of General Jang, executed with a flame-thrower;
- Vice minister of the army Kim Chol (whose identity Kim Jong-nam had been using), executed with a mortar round for drinking and carousing in the official mourning period following Kimg Jong-iI's death.