A Malaysian judge says he cannot rule out the possibility that the murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's estranged half-brother was a political assassination. But the judge has told a court - where two women are standing trial over the killing - that there is insufficient evidence to prove that any government had orchestrated it. Kim Jong-nam was killed at Kuala Lumpur's international airport as he prepared to board a flight in February 2017. The judge came to his conclusion even though the US has said that the North Korean government carried out the assassination using the banned nerve agent VX. Malaysia's High Court ruled that the two female suspects, who claim that they were tricked into murdering Kim Jong-nam, will continue to face trial. The pair - Siti Aisyah from Indonesia and Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam - are accused of smearing VX, a chemical weapon banned by the UN, on his face in a planned hit. They face the death penalty if convicted. The women were guarded by … [Read more...] about Judge says evidence doesn’t prove Kim Jong-un’s brother politically assassinated
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The older brother of Kim Jong-un, the North Korean dictator, demanded that Pyongyang’s embassy in London use its influence to keep the HMV store in Oxford Street open late at night so he could go shopping during a visit to Britain in May 1915, according to the diplomat who defected in 2016. Kim Jong-chul flew into Heathrow to attend two concerts by Eric Clapton at the Royal Albert Hall, according to the recently released memoirs of Thae Yong-ho, the deputy ambassador to London until his defection to South Korea, and became angry when he was told the HMV store would be closed by the time they arrived in the city around midnight. “You can knock on the door or make a phone call”, Mr Kim told Mr Thae as they drove into London in an embassy car. “That would be possible at the request of a diplomat. Don’t you have the ability to make it happen?” Informed that it would not be possible, Mr Kim complained the entire journey into central … [Read more...] about Kim Jong-un’s brother demanded diplomat keep HMV open late during Clapton concert visit, defector recalls
As the Trump administration rushes to put together what could be one of the most important meetings in recent history, between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, officials will have to make one crucial decision that will frame the meeting for the world: where it will be located. North Korea - CBS News It's lost on neither of these two actors who share a brinkmanship style that beyond their material discussions, the locale can give one side or the other a home-field advantage. There are a limited number of practical options available to North Korea and the U.S. With high-stakes outcomes -- the potential to denuclearize North Korea, free American hostages, and begin to stabilize the region -- President Trump may be prepared to cede a little in location. Short on resources, sanctions to maneuver around, and a fuel shortage, the North Koreans may also be interested in limiting the possible venues. Here are some locations that may be under … [Read more...] about Where might Trump and Kim Jong Un meet?
AN escapee from North Korea has told of the horrors of suffering the torture dished out by the regime’s secret police. Danbi Kim, now 26, has told of the suffering she and her brother Namhoon endured at the hands of the country’s feared Bowibu. She says they were arrested for smuggling goods in from China and were tortured for 25 days, being punched and kicked and forced to stand in stress positions for hours. They were also starved, being fed just 30 kernels of corn a day. She said: “Torture in a police station is hell. But in a political detention centre you’re treated as if you’re not human. “We were driven to a block in a mountain range with hoods over our heads. I was made to watch while they hit Namhoon with a cane that sliced into his skin. “For me, they got a thick rod, jammed it between my knees and made me sit like that for eight hours. When I didn’t confess they hit me with a band until my skin turned black. Danbi was … [Read more...] about North Korea escapee tortured for 25 days lifts lid on life under Kim Jong-un’s regime
Kim Jong Un made a surprise visit to Beijing on his first known trip outside North Korea since taking power in 2011, three people with knowledge of the visit said.Further details of his trip, including how long Kim would stay and who he would meet, were not immediately available. The people asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the information.Speculation about a possible visit by a high-ranking North Korean official circulated around the Chinese capital Monday, after Japan’s Kyodo News reported that a special train may have carried Kim through the northeastern border city of Dandong. Nippon TV showed footage of a train arriving Monday in Beijing that looked similar to one used by Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il, to visit the country shortly before his death in 2011.The unannounced visit is the latest in series of diplomatic power plays in Asia as U.S. President Donald Trump’s battle to lower the U.S. trade deficit becomes entangled with his effort to get … [Read more...] about Kim Jong Un Is Making a Surprise China Visit, Sources Say