Kim Jong Nam Hit 'Aimed at Consolidating N.Korean Regime'

Angela Jung, Feb. 21, 2017, 9:35 a.m.

Defense Minister Han Min-koo on Monday said the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother Jong-nam "was meant to remove alternative forces to the regime and warn the international community against any regime change attempts."

Han was speaking before the parliamentary National Defense Committee. He added that the hit may also have been aimed at delivering "a strong warning to defectors and dissidents."

Meanwhile, acting president Hwang Kyo-ahn in a National Security Council meeting on Monday that it appears "certain" that North Korea was behind the hit. Malaysian police have concluded that five North Korean men were involved.

Hwang added that the hit demonstrates the "viciousness and recklessness" of the North Korean regime.

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