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Vietnam says Kim murder suspect thought it was a prank.

HANOI, Feb 25 — The Vietnamese woman arrested as a suspect in killing the half-brother of North Korea's leader thought she was taking part in a prank video, Vietnam's foreign ministry said today. Hanoi had not previously confirmed that...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Malaysia warns North Korea to cooperate with investigation.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian police said Saturday that they would issue an arrest warrant for a North Korean diplomat if he refuses to cooperate with the investigation into the deadly attack on North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un's exiled half brother. The investigation has unleashed a serious diplomatic fight between ...

- Philippine Daily Inquirer - PH

First planned North Korea-US contact in Trump administration canceled: WSJ.

Plans for the first contact between North Korea and the United States after President Donald Trump took office were canceled after the U.S. State Department denied a visa for the top envoy from Pyongyang, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. The talks, between senior North Korean foreign mi...

- The Raw Story - US

The Ramifications Of Using A Chemical Weapon In Kim Jong Nam's Assassination.

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Georgetown University Asia expert Victor Cha about the global repercussions of the deadly nerve gas attack on Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korea's dictator.

- NPR - US

Suspect in Kim Jong Nam Killing Says Oil 'Prank' Earned Her $90.

An Indonesian suspect in the attack on Kim Jong Nam said she was paid $90 to help apply a baby oil-like liquid to his face, which police say contained a lethal nerve agent that killed the half brother of North Korea's dictator.

- Wall Street Journal - US

Planned Back-Channel Talks Between U.S., North Korea Scuttled.

Plans for talks in New York between representatives from North Korea and former U.S. officials were scuttled after the State Department withdrew visa approvals for Pyongyang's top envoy on U.S. relations.

- Wall Street Journal - US

AP Explains: What chemical weapons N. Korea possesses.

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea may have found a new use for its large stockpile of chemical and biological weapons, which are meant to attack South Korean and U.S. troops in case of another war.

- Yahoo! News - US

Kim Jong-nam attack reveals true nature of North Korea.

The risk of proliferation of nerve agents to non-state actors is perhaps the most startling concern.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Malaysia warns North Korea to cooperate with investigation.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia " Malaysia said Saturday that it would issue an arrest warrant for a North Korean diplomat if he refuses to cooperate with the investigation into the deadly attack on North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un's exiled...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Malaysia warns North Korea to cooperate with investigation.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia said Saturday that it would issue an arrest warrant for a North Korean diplomat if he refuses to cooperate...

- Townhall.com - US

What chemical weapons North Korea possesses.

Malaysian police said a chemical weapon the toxic VX nerve agent was used to kill the estranged half brother of Pyongyang leader at the Kuala Lumpur airport on Feb. 13. If N Korea's involvement is confirmed, this would be an unusual and extremely high-profile use of its chemicals in an assassination.

- Times Of India - IN

N Korea evades sanctions with network of overseas companies: UN report

North Korea is evading international sanctions with a sophisticated network of overseas companies, enabled partly by its continued access to the international banking system, says a forthcoming United Nations report seen by Reuters.

- BDNews24 - BD

N.Korean envoy denied visa to enter the US

PLANS for the first contact between North Korea and the United States after President Donald Trump took office were cancelled after the U.S. State Department denied a visa for the top envoy from Pyongyang, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. The post N.Korean envoy denied visa to enter the US appeared first on ...

- Asian Correspondent - HK

With Trump in power, Pyongyang playing up, it's time for the US and China to act on North Korea

Since the US presidential campaign, Donald Trump’s fiery and antagonistic attacks on China regarding issues ranging from currency and trade to Taiwan and the South China Sea have prompted much speculation that the world’s two largest economies are embarking on a dangerous path of confrontation. But the first ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Kim Jong-nam killed by nerve agent, Malaysian police say, putting spotlight on chemical weapons

Kim Jong-nam, the North Korean Supreme Leader's estranged and exiled half-brother, was killed by a VX nerve agent, which is classified by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction, Malaysian police said on Friday. This latest development in Mr. Kim's assassination, which South Korean and US officials have said ...

- Yahoo! News - US

First post-Trump informal talks with North Korea cancelled after envoy denied US visa – report

The talks were reportedly scheduled to take place near the UN headquarters in Manhattan on 1-2 March.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

North Korea evades sanctions with network of overseas companies: U.N. report

- North Korea is evading international sanctions with a sophisticated network of overseas companies, enabled partly by its continued access to the international banking system, says a forthcoming United Nations report seen by Reuters.

- Reuters - US

US axes N. Korea talks after Kim murder: report

Planned talks in New York between North Korea and former U.S. officials were canceled following the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's half brother, U.S. media reported Saturday

- The Daily Star - LB

World › First planned N Korea-U.S. contact in Trump administration cancelled - WSJ

Plans for the first contact between North Korea and the United States after President Donald Trump took office were cancelled after the U.S. State Department denied a visa for the top envoy from Pyongyang, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. The talks, between senior North Korean foreign ministry envoy…

- Japan Today - JP

Mustapa: We should support government's action over ties with N Korea

He says Malaysians should be 100pct behind the govt on any kind of action it would take.

- Malaysiakini - MY

North Korean State-Sponsored Terrorism Must Not Be Tolerated

Liang Tuang Nah Security, Asia If it is proven that Kim Jong-nam was killed by women who were instigated by North Korean agents, Kuala Lumpur should mete out suitable court-sanctioned punishments. The murder of Kim Jong-nam — the estranged eldest brother of North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un — in Kuala Lumpur ...

- The National Interest - US

How America Can Avoid a Second Korea War

Doug Bandow Security, Asia The total denuclearization of North Korea may not be possible. North Koreans are planning to visit the United States for talks with former American officials. The latter don't represent the Trump administration, but the meeting offers an opportunity for Washington, DC to explore the possibility of ...

- The National Interest - US

China move seen as test for Trump administration over ongoing North Korean problem

China's announcement it has suspended North Korean coal imports may have been its first test of whether the Trump administration is ready to do something about a major, and mutual, security problem: North Korea's nuclear weapons. While China is Pyongyang's biggest enabler, it is also the biggest outside agent of ...

- The Japan Times - JP

North Korea improving its evasion of U.N. sanctions, report says

North Korea is flouting tougher new U.N. sanctions with more ingenious tactics, circumventing trade bans by relying on middlemen and front companies, notably in Malaysia and China, a report by U.N. sanctions experts says. The 100-page report, obtained by AFP, confirmed that North Korea's two nuclear tests and 26 missile ...

- The Japan Times - JP

With Trump in power, Pyongyang playing up, it’s time for the US and China to act on North Korea

Since the US presidential campaign, Donald Trump’s fiery and antagonistic attacks on China regarding issues ranging from currency and trade to Taiwan and the South China Sea have prompted much speculation that the world’s two largest economies are embarking on a dangerous path of confrontation. But the first ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

UN report catalogues North Korea’s evasion techniques that enable it to ‘flout sanctions’

North Korea is evading international sanctions with a sophisticated network of overseas companies, enabled partly by its continued access to the international banking system, according to a forthcoming UN report. North Korea is under heavy UN sanctions and a strict arms embargo designed to impede the development of its ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

North Korea-U.S. talks called off after death of Kim Jong Un's half brother

The State Department decided not to issue the visas to the North Korean diplomats due to travel from Pyongyang to New York for the talks, according to three people with knowledge of the decision.

- Washington Post - US

AP Explains: What chemical weapons does North Korea possess?

North Korea may have found a new use for its large stockpile of chemical and biological weapons, which are meant to attack South Korean and U.S. troops in case of another war.Malaysian police said on ...

- The Hindu - IN

First post-election talks between North Korea and U.S. called off

North Korea's envoy was denied a visa.

- Global News - CA

WATCH: WN 02/24/17: Deadly Police Shooting in D.C.

Half-brother of North Korea's Kim Jong Un killed by nerve toxin; 2017 Oscar's best contenders.

- ABC News - US

Opinion: North Korea, what now?

Malaysia has announced that Kim Jong Nam was killed by VX -- a powerful nerve agent, a small drop of which can kill in minutes.

- CNN Top Stories - US

Kim killing: Airport 'clear of nerve agent'

No one at a Malaysian airport has gotten sick from exposure to VX nerve agent, which police say was used in the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's dictator Kim Jong Un, airport officials said Saturday.

- CNN Top Stories - US

VX attack is N Korea's deadly signal to enemies

Use of 'most deadly synthetic agent ever made' comes amid rising tension on peninsula

- Financial Times - US

Was Kim Jong-nam killed by VX nerve gas? Doesn't look like it

Malaysia says Kim Jong-nam - half-brother of North Korea's Kim Jong-un - was killed with VX nerve gas that was found on his face and hands. But chemical weapons experts are not convinced

- NewScientist - US

Planned Back-Channel Talks Between U.S., North Korea Scuttled

The talks, which would have been the first between the two sides on U.S. soil in nearly six years, were contingent on visa approvals for Pyongyang's top envoy on American relations, according to people familiar with the matter.

- Wall Street Journal - US

First planned North Korea-U.S. contact in Trump administration canceled: WSJ

SEOUL - Plans for the first contact between North Korea and the United States after President Donald Trump took office were canceled after the U.S. State Department denied a visa for the top envoy from Pyongyang, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

- Reuters - US

AP Explains: What chemical weapons N. Korea possesses

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea may have found a new use for its large stockpile of chemical and biological weapons, which are meant to...

- Townhall.com - US

The mysterious life and death of Kim Jong-nam

He was the heir apparent to lead North Korea. But a falling out with this father instead led to a life of exile in luxury – until last week when he died of apparent poisoning at Kuala Lumpur airport

- The Globe and Mail - CA

Japan, EU to jointly submit resolution on North Korea human rights issues to U.N. council

Japan and the European Union will soon submit a new resolution to a U.N. human rights panel denouncing North Korea's human rights record, Japanese officials said Friday. The two parties will jointly submit the resolution, the 10th of its kind, during a session of the U.N. Human Rights Council which will open Monday. A U.N. ...

- The Japan Times - JP

AP Analysis: Will China be North Korea's Trump card?

TOKYO " China's announcement it has suspended North Korean coal imports may have been its first test of whether the Trump administration is ready to do something about a major, and mutual, security problem: North Korea's nukes....

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Kim Jong-nam killed by nerve agent, Malaysian police say, putting spotlight on chemical weapons

This latest development in Mr. Kim's alleged assassination, which South Korean and US officials suspect of being directed by North Korea, is another reminder of the regime's chemical weapons, often overshadowed by its nuclear program.

- Christian Science Monitor - US

The Despotic Dynasty: A Family Tree of North Korea's Kim Clan

A family tree for North Korea's rulers, including Supreme leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Un, Dear Leader Kim Jong Il, and Kim Jong Nam.

- TIME Magazine - US

VX Nerve Agent Found in Kim Jong Nam Death Is Among World's Most Deadly

The VX nerve agent that Malaysian police said Friday was used to kill Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korea's dictator, is classified as a weapon of mass destruction and is one of the most lethal chemical substances ever made, according to forensics experts.

- Wall Street Journal - US

Kim Jong Un's half brother was assassinated — here's what we know so far

AP Photo/Ahn Young-joonKim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, was killed on February 13. When news of a man getting fatally poisoned at a Kuala Lumpur airport first broke, the event caused a local stir but received relatively little attention worldwide. Once Jong-Nam's identity surfaced a day ...

- Business Insider - US

What we know about nerve agent that allegedly killed N. Korean

The poison used in the apparent assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother North Korea's current leader, was the banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent.

- ABC News - US

North Korea goes around UN sanctions through Malaysian and Chinese companies

North Korea is flouting tougher new UN sanctions with more ingenuous tactics, circumventing trade bans by relying on middlemen and front companies, notably in Malaysia and China, a report by UN sanctions experts said. The 100-page report confirmed that North Korea’s two nuclear tests and 26 missile launches last year ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Bolton: Use of Nerve Gas Proves North Korea Is Crazy, Irrational and Dangerous

Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton discussed the Trump administration's top foreign policy objectives with SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Friday's Breitbart News Daily, emphasizing that radical Islam and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction through unstable regimes like North Korea need to be the priorities for ...

- Breitbart - US

Role of VX Nerve Agent in Kim Jong Nam's Death Raises Global Alarm

The disclosure that the substance used to kill Kim Jong Nam was a banned nerve agent called VX renewed international focus on North Korea's chemical and biological weapons program.

- Wall Street Journal - US

How assassins likely killed Kim Jong Un's half brother with a weapon of mass destruction

Malaysian authorities said Friday that Kim Jong Un's half brother was assassinated with a nerve agent called VX, which is classified by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction. Two women allegedly used the odorless and tasteless nerve agent to attack Kim Jong Nam, the eldest son of former North Korean leader ...

- VICE News - US

China says U.S., North Korea tensions responsible for nuclear problem

The Chinese foreign ministry says challenges remain in resolving the North Korea nuclear issue because of tensions between North Korea and the United States.

- UPI - US

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