Kim Jong-nami

The estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was assassinated at an airport in Kuala Lumpur in February 2017.

  • North Korea announced successful tests of a long-range cruise missile which analysts said could be the country’s first such weapon with a nuclear capability
  • ‘Our position has not changed when it comes to North Korea, we remain prepared to engage,’ said a White House spokeswoman

Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the expulsion was in response to Pyongyang’s ‘unilateral and utterly irresponsible decision’ on Friday to sever diplomatic ties.


Relations between the two countries unravelled following the assassination of the North Korean leader’s half-brother in Kuala Lumpur in 2016.


In The Great Successor, Anna Fifield digs deep into the dictator’s early life, speaking with former classmates and others who knew the reclusive leader when he struggled with foreign languages and social interaction.

North Koreans are taught from birth to revere the Kim family and the ceremonies surrounding such occasions are one of the ways in which authorities reinforce loyalty

Doan Thi Huong, charged with murder more than two years ago, pleaded guilty on April 1 to a lesser charge of ‘causing hurt’, punishable by up to 10 years in prison

Doan Thi Huong and Siti Aisyah maintain that they were tricked into smearing nerve agent on the face of Kim Jong-un’s half-brother. Now that both will soon be free from custody, will Pyongyang attempt to silence them for good?

Siti Aisyah, who fainted during her excited homecoming, had previously been accused of assassinating Kim Jong-un’s half brother by smearing poison on his face. But neighbours said Aisyah was a victim, and young village women like her were vulnerable to deception when they moved abroad.

Kim Jong-un is heading to Vietnam for a second date with the US president. Opinion is split over whether the millennial dictator’s charm offensive is a genuine quest for legitimacy or a rebranding of his old playbook

The brazen assassination in February 2017 shocked the world, but the women have denied murder, saying they believed they were taking part in a prank

The pair are being tried for killing Kim by applying the deadly VX nerve agent on his face, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13 last year, but their lawyers say it has been hard to get witnesses to take the stand.