* Date : 2017-02-25
Foreign Correspondents Ep.22
The death of Kim Jong-nam
On February 13, major news media organizations around the world reported on the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother Kim Jong-nam. Despite being the eldest son of late leader Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-nam had fallen out of favor with his father, handing the third-generation succession to his younger brother. Many believe Kim Jong-un was behind the murder of his half-brother given that Malaysian police identified the key suspects as being North Korean nationals. Kim Jong-nam is said to have long lived in fear of assassination. What was the reason behind his unexpected death?
Impact of Kim Jong-nam's murder
Six days after Kim Jong-nam's death, Seoul concluded that the North Korean regime was most certainly behind the attack. The incident sparked discussion about security issues within South Korean political circles, with some arguing that Seoul should speed up its deployment of the U.S. missile defense system THAAD. There has also been action from China. On February 18, its commerce ministry announced it would suspend coal imports from North Korea until the end of this year. Some experts believe that the continual missile tests by Pyongyang and the death of Kim Jong-nam have led to greater pressure from China. We sit down to discuss what other impact the murder of Kim Jong-nam will have in the region.