Assassination of Kim Jong-nam

Assassination of Kim Jong-nam
LocationKuala Lumpur International Airport 2, Malaysia
Coordinates2°44′35″N 101°41′10″E / 2.74306°N 101.68611°E / 2.74306; 101.68611Coordinates: 2°44′35″N 101°41′10″E / 2.74306°N 101.68611°E / 2.74306; 101.68611
Date13 February 2017 (2017-02-13)
TargetKim Jong-nam
WeaponsVX nerve agent
VictimKim Jong-nam
ConvictionsConvicted of "voluntarily causing injuries by dangerous weapons or means"

The assassination of Kim Jong-nam occurred on 13 February 2017 when he was attacked with VX nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia. Kim Jong-nam was the eldest son of deceased North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and the half-brother of Kim Jong-un, who is currently the leader of North Korea.

Four North Korean suspects left the airport shortly after the assassination and reached Pyongyang without being arrested. Other North Koreans were arrested but were released without charge. Two women, one Vietnamese, the other Indonesian, were charged with murder. They claimed they thought they were part of a TV prank. In 2019, the murder charges were dropped. The Vietnamese woman, Đoàn Thị Hương, pleaded guilty to "voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means" and was sentenced to three years and four months, but received a one-third reduction in her term, and was released a month later. It is widely believed that Kim Jong-nam was murdered on the orders of Kim Jong-un.[1][2][3]

  1. ^ Pak, Jung H. (February 2018). "The education of Kim Jong-un". Brookings Institution. Kim probably also ordered the deadly attack by the application of a VX nerve agent—one of the most toxic of the chemical warfare agents—against Jong-nam, his half-brother and erstwhile competitor for the position of supreme leader of North Korea.
  2. ^ Patricia Bauer, Kim Jong-Nam, Encyclopedia Britannica (last updated on 6 May 2018): "analysts believed that the murder was likely to have been ordered by Kim Jong-Un."
  3. ^ Jackson, Van (2018). On the Brink: Trump, Kim, and the Threat of Nuclear War (1 ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 98–99. doi:10.1017/9781108562225.006. ISBN 9781108562225.