Kim Jong Nam, who was attacked with a deadly nerve agent in a Malaysian airport in 2017, was in the country to meet with his CIA handler, according to The Wall Street Journal and a new book.
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Doan Thi Huong will plead guilty to a lesser charge. All charges against her Indonesian co-defendant, Siti Aisyah, were unexpectedly dropped last month. North Korea very likely ordered the killing.
Malaysian authorities dropped charges this week against the Indonesian woman accused of smearing poison on the face of Kim Jong Nam. But they won't drop charges against Doan Thi Huong.
Siti Aisyah of Indonesia was freed Monday after Malaysian prosecutors unexpectedly dropped the murder charge against her. Kim Jong Nam was killed after a nerve agent was spread on his face in 2017.
Testimony from a toxicologist in the trial of Kim's alleged assassins says that at the time of his death, the half-brother of North Korea's leader, had with him vials of atropine, an antidote to VX.
China, a longtime friend of the North, joined the rest of the Security Council members in penalizing the country for its missile tests, adding over a dozen people and entities to a blacklist Friday.
Malaysia says it will transfer the body and allow an unspecified number of North Koreans to depart, in exchange for the return of nine Malaysians who had been blocked from leaving North Korea.
For the first time in 20 years, South Korea is hiking its reward money for defectors who can provide intelligence. The move follows the apparent poisoning of Kim Jong Un's half-brother in Malaysia.
The nerve agent called VX that Malaysia says killed Kim Jong Un's half-brother is an extremely deadly chemical weapon. Its presence would suggest North Korea was behind the fatal poisoning.