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Kim Jong Nam Suffered 'Very Painful Death'

Malaysian health minister says Kim Jong Un's half-brother died within 20 minutes

(Newser) - Malaysia's health minister said Sunday that the dose of nerve agent given to North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un's exiled half brother was so high that it killed him within 20 minutes and caused "very serious paralysis," the AP reports. Kim Jong Nam died Feb. 13... More »

Here's What North Korean Propaganda Actually Shows

One staged photo can reveal a lot about realities in North Korea

(Newser) - North Korea's propaganda photos aren't just good, well, propaganda; they can also help the West understand what's going on with the country's nuclear program and within Kim Jong-un's regime. In a fascinating piece, the New York Times uses one such photo—Kim debuting what is... More »

Suspect in NK Assassination: I Got Paid $90 for 'Prank'

Siti Aisyah says she was told it was baby oil on her hands

(Newser) - One of the women arrested in the airport slaying of the North Korean leader's half-brother says she thought she was smearing baby oil on her victim's face as part of a reality-show stunt. Siti Aisyah, who is being held in Malaysia, met with officials from her home country... More »

How Did Kim's Killers Survive Nerve Agent Attack?

They shouldn't have been able to handle VX and live: experts

(Newser) - The banned chemical weapon VX is considered by some experts to be the nastiest of the nasty nerve agents known to exist. With a consistency similar to motor oil, it lingers for long periods in the environment and even a tiny amount causes victims' bodies to flood with fluids, producing... More »

'Weapon of Mass Destruction' Killed Kim Jong Nam

Malaysian police say tests found VX nerve agent on his face

(Newser) - Kim Jong Nam's assassins killed him with a banned chemical weapon, Malaysian police revealed Friday. The country's police chief said toxicology reports on swabs from the face and eyes of the exiled North Korean found VX nerve agent, which the BBC notes is classed as a weapon of... More »

In Rare Move, North Korea Snaps at China

One expert calls editorial a 'frontal assault'

(Newser) - It's not just North Korea's relationship with Malaysia that may be splintering . In a rare move Thursday, the country appeared to accuse ally China of working with North Korea's enemies to "bring down its social system," reports Reuters . An editorial published by the state-controlled KCNA—... More »

N. Korea Points Fingers, Alleges Malaysia Conspiracy

Doesn't specifically name Kim Jong Nam, but pretty clear that's who's being discussed

(Newser) - After more than a week of silence in its state-controlled media, North Korea on Thursday slammed the investigation into the death of one of its citizens in Kuala Lumpur, saying Malaysia's probe is full of "holes and contradictions." The report from the official outlet KCNA didn't... More »

Someone Really Wants to Get to Kim Jong Nam's Body: Cops

Malaysian police say there was break-in attempt at hospital morgue

(Newser) - As Malaysian cops seek out a North Korean diplomat for questioning in the poisoning death of Kim Jong Un's half brother, the morgue where Kim Jong Nam's body is being held is having its own issues. Khalid Abu Bakar, head of the country's police force, told the... More »

Cops: Kim Suspects Coated Their Hands in Poison

Investigators now seeking N. Korea diplomats

(Newser) - The women suspected of fatally poisoning Kim Jong Un's half brother were trained to coat their hands with toxic chemicals and wipe them on his face, police said Wednesday, announcing they were now seeking a North Korean diplomat in connection with the attack. Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar... More »

North Korea Enraged That It Can't Get Kim's Body

Malaysia has refused to hand it over

(Newser) - North Korea's ambassador to Malaysia denounced the country's investigation into the death of the exiled half brother of ruler Kim Jong Un on Monday, calling it politically motivated and demanding a joint probe amid increasingly bitter exchanges between the once-friendly nations. Malaysia responded with its own accusations, with... More »

North Korea's Main Coal Buyer Abruptly Pulls Out for 2017

China is done buying for 2017 amid growing frustration with Pyongyang missile tests

(Newser) - China on Sunday began a suspension of all coal imports from North Korea for the rest of the year as it increases pressure on its communist neighbor to give up its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, reports the AP . The ban is in line with UN Security Council sanctions imposed... More »

S. Korea: N. Korea Killed Kim's Brother

1 more arrested in Kim Jong Nam's death as 4 more North Koreans are sought

(Newser) - Malaysian police investigating the murder of Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother have arrested a North Korean man, reports the Wall Street Journal , and they're looking for four more North Koreans believed to have left the country the same day Kim Jong Nam was killed. Ri Jong Chol, 46,... More »

South Korea Has Simple Plan to Tell North of Assassination

Fire up the loudspeakers

(Newser) - If North Koreans living along the country's demilitarization zone with South Korea don't yet know that their leader's half-brother was assassinated this week, they probably will soon. South Korea announced plans Thursday to broadcast news of Kim Jong Nam's death on loudspeakers aimed across its border... More »

Woman in Kim Killing May Have Thought It Was Prank

'She's so naive,' says former neighbor of Siti Aisyah

(Newser) - Family and former neighbors of the Indonesian woman suspected of involvement in the audacious killing of the North Korean leader's half brother in Malaysia are stunned by the arrest of the young mother who they say was a polite and quiet "nice girl." Siti Aisyah, 25, is... More »

Was Kim Jong Nam Murdered by Woman Wearing 'LOL' Shirt?

Theories, mystery abound in wake of his apparent assassination

(Newser) - It looks like a perfectly staged assassination , straight out of the pages of a spy novel: Kim Jong Nam, the estranged, exiled half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, falls ill at a Malaysian airport, complains of being sprayed with some sort of chemical, and drops dead . But... More »

Kim Jong Un's Half-Brother Reportedly Assassinated

South Korean officials say Kim Jong Nam was poisoned in Malaysia

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un's half-brother has died in Malaysia in what South Korean government officials claim was an assassination. Police official Fadzil Ahmat tells Reuters that Kim Jong Nam—the son of Kim Jong Il and actress Song Hye Rim—became dizzy and "felt like someone grabbed or held... More »

Trump Stands With Japan '100%' as Korea Fires Missile

President is hosting PM Shinzo Abe during Pyongyang's latest show of defiance

(Newser) - North Korea appeared to fire a ballistic missile Sunday in an implicit challenge to President Trump, who stood with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe as the latter called the move "intolerable." There was no immediate confirmation from the North, which had recently warned it was ready to test its... More »

This Man No Longer Runs North Korea's Infamous Prisons

Reports say Kim Won Hong, former head of secret police, was demoted

(Newser) - The head of North Korea's secret police, a man who reportedly "spearheaded the move" to execute Kim Jong Un's uncle in December 2013, has himself been removed from his key slot—one handed to him by Kim in April 2012. Reuters quotes a rep for South Korea'... More »

Defense Chief Delivers 'Unexpected Present' to South Korea

Gen. James Mattis reassures country in first foreign trip

(Newser) - Gen. James Mattis is in South Korea, and the new defense secretary has delivered what one analyst calls an "unexpected present" from the Trump administration: clarity on US policy. Mattis arrived in the country Thursday on his first foreign trip in his new role; he'll also visit Japan.... More »

Defector: North Korea Headed for 'Popular Uprising'

Thae Yong Ho says Kim Jong Un's 'days are numbered'

(Newser) - North Korea is on a "slippery slope" toward a "popular uprising," says a former diplomat who defected from the country last year. Thae Yong Ho went on to say that Kim Jong Un's "days are numbered," the Wall Street Journal reports. According to the... More »

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