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Mad RUSH

IS THE WORLD RUNNING OUT OF TIME TO CONTAIN NORTH KOREA’S KIM JONG UN?

THE FOOTAGE IS GRAINY but chilling. On the morning of February 13, a portly, middle-aged man ambles through the main departure terminal at the airport in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, preparing to board a light to Macau. Kim Jong Nam was the eldest son of the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il, and it is said that for a brief time he wanted that son to be his successor, but Kim Jong Nam turned out to be flighty, a playboy and gambler who once infuriated his father by trying to get into Japan on a phony passport to visit Tokyo Disneyland. (He was 30 at the time.) With his father’s permission, he chose to live in Macau, the former Portuguese colony that is now the gambling capital of China—under the watchful eye of Chinese security.

Kim Jong Nam was the half-brother of the current North Korean ruler, Kim Jong Un, but the two likely never met. Kim Jong Nam was 13 years older, and his mother—a North Korean actress—had an affair with Kim Jong Il. “They were raised in separate households,’’ says a former South Korean intelligence analyst, “and [Kim Jong Nam] was shipped of to Switzerland for school as a boy. No way they ever met.”

Which makes what happened on February 13 that much more confounding and disturbing. Since about 7:30 that morning, four North Korean men and two women—a Vietnamese and an Indonesian—had been waiting in an airport restaurant. Shortly before 9 a.m., as Kim Jong Nam walked through the terminal, he was approached by the women; one walked in front of him, as if to distract him, while the other slipped behind him. Both quickly touched his face and then hurried of. A few minutes later, he realized something was wrong and approached a police officer. He was escorted to an ambulance, but within 20 minutes he was dead, the victim of an assassination using VX—a lethal nerve agent listed by the United Nations as a chemical weapon of mass destruction.

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KILLER INSTINCT: IS NORTH KOREA'S KIM JONG UN OUT OF CONTROL Kim Jong Nam was the half-brother of the current North Korean ruler, Kim Jong Un, but the two likely never met. Nam was thirteen years older, and "they were raised in separate households,’’ says a former South Korean intelligence analyst, “and [Kim Jong Nam] was shipped off to Switzerland for school as a boy. No way they ever met.” Which makes what happened on February 13 that much more confounding and disturbing. Shortly before 9 a.m., as Kim Jong Nam walked through an airport terminal, he was approached by two women; one walked in front of him, as if to distract him, while the other slipped behind him. Both quickly touched his face and then hurried off. Twenty minutes later he was dead. The assassination, unquestionably ordered by Kim Jong Un, was stunning in its brazenness: out in the open, easy for security cameras to capture and then display to the world. But is this killing just the beginning of a lethal spree?
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