Cops: Kim Suspects Coated Their Hands in Poison

Investigators now seeking N. Korea diplomats
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 22, 2017 3:05 AM CST
Updated Feb 22, 2017 5:58 AM CST
Cops: Kim Suspects Coated Their Hands in Poison
Police officers guard the main gate of the forensic department at Kuala Lumpur Hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.   (Jeffrey Ong)

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 said authorities are searching for two new North Korean suspects, including the second secretary of North Korea's embassy in Kuala Lumpur and an employee of North Korea's state-owned airline Air Koryo, the AP reports. We hope that the Korean embassy will cooperate with us, allow us to interview them and interview them quickly," he said. "If not, we will compel them to come to us."

Khalid said the women knew they were handling poisonous materials during the attack at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. "We strongly believe it is a planned thing and that they have been trained to do that. This is not just like shooting a movie," he told reporters. Khalid couldn't confirm whether North Korea's government was behind the Feb. 13 death of Kim Jong Nam, but added, "What is clear is that those involved are North Koreans." Police have already arrested four people, including the two women. At least one of the women has claimed she was tricked, believing she was taking part in a comedy prank TV show. (Pyongyang is enraged that it can't get Kim's body from Malaysian authorities.)

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