The Business Times

Pity the dearth of credible checks on N Korean regime's sinister actions

Published Tue, Feb 21, 2017 · 09:50 PM

NORTH Korea has exceeded even its own bizarre standards of statecraft if reports are true that it ordered the murder of supremo Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother last week.

Two female killers struck in Kuala Lumpur's budget terminal as Kim Jong Nam was about to board a plane to Macau. Kim's body remains in Malaysia following two post-mortem examinations. Malaysian police say that the body will not be released until they are given DNA samples of next of kin. The North Korean ambassador was vehemently against the autopsies. He has demanded that the body be handed over, pronto. A diplomatic standoff is brewing. Four people, including the assassins and a North Korean chemist, have been arrested.

This is not the first time that the Pyongyang regime has unleashed its killers. For instance, in January 1968, the grandfather of Pyongyang's current leader ordered a 31-member team of commandos to infiltrate Seoul and kill then-president Park Chung Hee, the father of the current embattled president. That bid failed but Pyongyang tried again; the elder Park survived another assassination attempt in 1974.

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