As far as a former North Korean spy is concerned, the suspected assassins who killed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother looked more like amateurs.
Two women, believed to be working for the North Korean regime, were recently arrested in connection with the murder of Kim Jong Nam at an airport in Malaysia.
According to Kim Hyon-hui, a trained agent who has worked on missions for the North Korean regime, Kim Jong Nam’s killers didn’t seem to have the right training needed for such a job, the Mainichi newspaper reported (via Channel News Asia).
“I felt suspicious. They don’t seem to have taken strict psychological and physical education and training in North Korea,” the ex-operative was quoted as saying.
Both women have claimed that they thought they were involved in a prank.
“They would not have run away if that was the case,” she added.
She then noted that the date of the murder was suspiciously close to Feb. 16, the birthday of the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il. A similar link can be noted on the killing of Kim Jong Il’s nephew Lee Han-young, which was on Feb. 15, 1997.
Kim Hyon-hui and another North Korean spy were involved in the bombing of a Korean Air flight in 1987, where 115 crew and passengers were killed. Although Kim Hyon-hui was sentenced to death by a Seoul court for her crimes, she received a presidential pardon in 1990 by winning sympathy for having been used as a pawn by the dictatorship.