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Assassination Plot
입력 2017.02.16 (13:59) 수정 2017.02.16 (14:41) News Today
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[Anchor Lead]

Sources say the assassination of Kim Jong-nam was the culmination of five years of efforts, since Kim Jong-un seized power. It has been found that Kim Jong-nam even sent a letter to his half-brother asking him to save his life.

[Pkg]

Kim Jong-un, who took power in late 2011, ordered the assassination of his half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, in early 2012.

[Soundbite] Kim Byung-ki(National Assembly Intelligence Committee) : "Kim Jong-nam's assassination had been a "standing order," or an order that had to be executed no matter what after Kim Jong-un took power."

Shortly after Kim Jong-un's order, an attempt to kill Kim Jong-nam was made. Concerned about his safety, Kim Jong-nam sent a letter to his half-brother in April 2012, asking him to save his life. In his letter, Kim pleaded to his brother to cancel the order to punish him and his family, because he had nowhere to go and was well aware of the fact that the only way for him to escape was suicide. The National Intelligence Service believes that the order remained in effect, and eventually Kim Jong-nam's assassination was carried out by North Korean agents who had been looking for a chance to kill him all along. The NIS added that Kim Jong-nam had never asked South Korea or other countries for asylum even in the face of an assassination threat. The NIS expressed concerns that given Kim Jong-un's unpredictable personality, he is likely to attempt similar terror acts in the future.

[Soundbite] Lee Chul-woo(National Assembly Intelligence Committee) : "Although no one knows what may happen, he may attempt something shocking again."

The NIS said it has stepped up the security of major North Korean defectors, including former North Korean diplomat Thae Yong-ho.
  • Assassination Plot
    • 입력 2017-02-16 14:16:09
    • 수정2017-02-16 14:41:49
    News Today
[Anchor Lead]

Sources say the assassination of Kim Jong-nam was the culmination of five years of efforts, since Kim Jong-un seized power. It has been found that Kim Jong-nam even sent a letter to his half-brother asking him to save his life.

[Pkg]

Kim Jong-un, who took power in late 2011, ordered the assassination of his half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, in early 2012.

[Soundbite] Kim Byung-ki(National Assembly Intelligence Committee) : "Kim Jong-nam's assassination had been a "standing order," or an order that had to be executed no matter what after Kim Jong-un took power."

Shortly after Kim Jong-un's order, an attempt to kill Kim Jong-nam was made. Concerned about his safety, Kim Jong-nam sent a letter to his half-brother in April 2012, asking him to save his life. In his letter, Kim pleaded to his brother to cancel the order to punish him and his family, because he had nowhere to go and was well aware of the fact that the only way for him to escape was suicide. The National Intelligence Service believes that the order remained in effect, and eventually Kim Jong-nam's assassination was carried out by North Korean agents who had been looking for a chance to kill him all along. The NIS added that Kim Jong-nam had never asked South Korea or other countries for asylum even in the face of an assassination threat. The NIS expressed concerns that given Kim Jong-un's unpredictable personality, he is likely to attempt similar terror acts in the future.

[Soundbite] Lee Chul-woo(National Assembly Intelligence Committee) : "Although no one knows what may happen, he may attempt something shocking again."

The NIS said it has stepped up the security of major North Korean defectors, including former North Korean diplomat Thae Yong-ho.
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