Assassination of Kim Jong Nam

Assassination of Kim Jong Nam

They rolled into Bangkok (pronounced Bang Cock) one by one on different flights. Four North Koreans, representing the country’s secret agency, RGB (Reconnaissance General Bureau), probably under aliases and pretending to be tourists. Their mission: kill Kim Jong Nam, estranged older half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Snapshot of the Assassination

Instead of shattering his skull with a 1 foot by 1 inch diameter lead pipe (used in more assassinations than any other weapon), they decided to “recruit” some local hostesses (aka hookers) and hand off a variety of VX-loaded weapons. VX,  a slightly yellow liquid with no smell and no taste, but with one hell of a hangover.

Categorized as a weapon of mass destruction, VX is the nerve agent of all nerve agents. Victims die like insects coated in bug spray. The entire nervous system slowly shuts down. A horrible death caused by a combination of suffocation, heart attack, organ failure and intense pain throughout the entire body – all in slow motion (awesome).

How did they get their hands on such potent stuff? More importantly, how did they use it so surgically and without killing themselves or others in a crowded airport? (Maybe they weren’t hookers, I mean, “hostesses”). Either they were highly trained, or the VX latent substance was created to prevent most mishaps (in other words, very user friendly).

It’s unclear how these women were recruited and tasked by the four North Koreans. They claim they were selected for a TV show, a “Candid Camera” kind of show that pulls off pranks on unwitting people (killing someone is a great prank!). Now they sit in prison awaiting trial. I guess we’ll see how well that cover story works in court.

The four North Koreans disappeared immediately after the assassination (how convenient).

The Tactics

Rehearsals

Malaysian authorities report that prior to the assassination, the two hooker assassins staged a couple of practice runs on unwitting “victims” at shopping malls with what presumably were benign chemicals, or none at all.

Redundancy

We have an old saying in the SEAL Teams; two is one, one is none. Simply put, always have a backup. Two women were used to conduct the operation, not one, thereby doubling the odds of success. One woman grabbed him from behind, and moments later the second attacked from the front.

My guess – each woman was armed with a VX latent improvised weapon. The rear attacker (my kind of woman) may have had a VX-filled syringe. The front attacker smeared a lotion like substance on his face. Or each woman was issued A/B lotion, each lotion mixed with chemical parts that when the two lotions are combined make VX. Either way, two different weapons, two different applications, two different attackers – redundancy that ensured 100% success.

The Attack on Kim Jong Nam

On the morning of Feb. 13, police say, the “hostesses” entered Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 2, known as KLIA2. Grainy CCTV video shows a fat ass identified as Kim Jong Nam wearing a light blue suit and carrying a man bag on one shoulder. Suddenly, a woman rushes him from behind and forcefully throws both arms around his neck as if to restrain him. Then a second woman comes up to him from the front and puts something—perhaps a rag or tissue paper—in his face.

It all happens very quickly, and there appears to be little commotion around the heavy-set “tourist” and the women, who briskly walk away after attacking him.

Kim Jong Nam died 20 minutes later.

So, what do think? Were these women trained assassins or dumb hostesses duped into a fake TV show audition?

 

(Featured Image Courtesy: South China Morning Post)

23 Comments
  • Joseph L. Moore
    Posted at 09:12h, 06 May Reply

    No, they weren’t dumb. If they thought they were doing a candid camera show they wouldn’t have left quickly and quietly.

    • Ernesto Garcia
      Posted at 09:21h, 06 May Reply

      Completely agree

  • Ernesto Garcia
    Posted at 09:20h, 06 May Reply

    Personally I believe they’re professional killers whose backup plan in case of being caught was telling the Tv show story. Who knows what sort of threats Kim Jong Un will have used against them to make them do that

  • Mike james
    Posted at 10:30h, 06 May Reply

    Not really sure, but messing around with that VX stuff and not killing themselves while handling it takes some kind of knowledge to know how to handle it,at least I think. So I tend to believe they were trained to at least do this job, maybe professionals but maybe paid and trained for this job with the TV show story as a back up. Who knows if yhey fidny get bagged yhey probably would have been disposed of anyway…..

  • Mike james
    Posted at 10:32h, 06 May Reply

    Not really sure, but messing around with that VX stuff and not killing themselves while handling it takes some kind of knowledge to know how to handle it,at least I think. So I tend to believe they were trained to at least do this job, maybe professionals but maybe paid and trained for this job with the TV show story as a back up. Who knows if they didnt get bagged they probably would have been disposed of anyway…..

    • Clint Emerson
      Posted at 15:09h, 06 May Reply

      Agreed, playing with VX in any formula is dicey. Unless the woman took Atropin before handling…

  • John Adam
    Posted at 11:59h, 06 May Reply

    No question a profession-state-sponsored-act-of-murder.
    Very Putin-like.

    Regime got them back through hostage taking.

    The Kim Dung Clan has history of using woman-assassins,

    May we drop a MOTHER bomb on this regime that enslaves its “citizens” and spreads WMD.

    Major mistake was not anticipating video in public area.

    • Clint Emerson
      Posted at 15:08h, 06 May Reply

      I certainly think so, organized and successful.

      • Z Kell
        Posted at 00:36h, 13 May Reply

        Kind of thing someone would want to use as a show of force. Like the inversion of a MOAB. “We can get to people and we are batshit crazy enough to shore up our end.” -DPRK

        • Chris
          Posted at 03:37h, 13 May Reply

          I think the MOAB was absolutely a message to DPRK. They used VX nerve gas right around the same time the Sarin gas attack took place in Syria. We bombed Syria to send a message but since we couldn’t directly bomb DPRK ISIS in Afghanistan was the closest we could get while accomplishing another task. 2 birds with 1 stone…..

  • Brian
    Posted at 12:19h, 06 May Reply

    A couple of things come to mind since I first saw this hit in the news.

    1) Even if he’d been alert and attentive, he’d still be dead. How do you avoid such a prompt, unconventional attack?
    2) Crap, North Korea has VX and the ability to farm out a hit by two unsuspecting “relationship professionals.” Or were they?
    2)

  • George Wyckoff
    Posted at 20:44h, 06 May Reply

    Interesting howw all the video feeds are almost crystal clear except the ones with the 2 women in them.

    • Claire
      Posted at 22:12h, 06 May Reply

      Exactly!
      They really need to improve street cameras. It would help solve a lot of mysteries.

      • Clint Emerson
        Posted at 11:05h, 07 May Reply

        The problem is installers – most CCTV technicians are not technical surveillance guys – they don’t know that field a view, focal length and illumination are all part of the “ID Quality” equation. When installing cameras – you have to start with one question “what am I trying to capture?” Then work backwards. And its this exact world-wide problem that allowed me to do bad things to bad people without detection 🙂

        • Brian West
          Posted at 20:49h, 08 May Reply

          Awesome, Clint.

          Start working on that biography. If it’s classified, make it up. We’ll never know the difference, ha! I’ll take the first copy.

  • Pearl Moran
    Posted at 10:56h, 07 May Reply

    This is mad crazy stuff you see in movies, only it is real. They knew what they were doing. They didn’t really conceal their identity if they got caught knowing they were going to be in a highly public place. That gets me like huh? The two girls may not even know the true identity of the other four individuals………but they are obviously going down. interesting news.

    • Clint Emerson
      Posted at 11:06h, 07 May Reply

      Rule Number 1. Never get caught.

      • Shinobi
        Posted at 07:24h, 09 May Reply

        I thought rule #1 was always look cool?!?!?

  • Chris Moline
    Posted at 11:43h, 07 May Reply

    Shucks, in the Corps I always thought they gave us Atropine and 2-P…. syringes to keep us busy until we died from nerve agent exposure.
    Someone mentioned prophylactic use of Atropine. Wonder if that would even have been an option.
    Either way, those hostesses had balls.

  • Don Loughrey
    Posted at 06:09h, 08 May Reply

    Atropine by itself is quite debilitating. I doubt they would have been able to function if they had taken it.

  • T B
    Posted at 07:11h, 08 May Reply

    This is the first time that I’ve heard about Bangkok in this story. I did a cursory review of the news, and didn’t find any articles mentioning the Bangkok element. The infil/exfil involving Thailand is interesting.

  • Shinobi
    Posted at 07:23h, 09 May Reply

    This shit is sad. This dude seemed like he wasn’t at all political, reminded me of your average go lucky suburban dad. He got exiled for taking his kids to Disney World and he was in Kuala Lumpur on vacation because he liked going to casinos. I’m calling it now, Kim Han-Sol will be put in power after Xi Jinping gets tired of lil Kim’s bullshit. He already canceled their coal shipments before he visited Trump and Trump like a shark swooped in and negotiated a deal to ship American coal to China. Lil Kim’s days are numbered. Your brothers have been rehearsing an operation to take him out for months already and he’s even came out and in publicly insulted Xi Jinping. Days. Are. Numbered…..

  • Jeremy Eric Pelren
    Posted at 09:18h, 22 July Reply

    Awesome

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