The assassination of Kim Jong-un’s half brother, Kim Jong-nam, in the airport at Kuala Lumpur will turn out in the long run to be a failure for the North Korea regime, says a noted North Korean expert, Dr. Alexandre Mansourov, adjunct professor at Georgetown University.
Dr. Mansourov is a native of Russia and studied in Pyongyang decades ago.
“It was definitely the North Korean regime that did the killing,” said Mr. Mansourov. “What was interesting was that they used agents from a third country to do the hit. Perhaps Kim Jong-un does not feel secure using his own security services for this type of contract killing. If you look at the video, the woman who placed the chemicals on his face was very determined. Perhaps they had her family held prisoner or some other type of motivation.
“The other interesting outcome of the incident is that the operation will turn out to be a failure in the long run for the regime. It was carried out in public and was obviously ordered by Kim Jong-un. This will bring down world condemnation on top of the regime and will hurt his grip on power over time. You have already seen China reduce coal exports to North Korea by half.
“The regime has been emboldened by the weakness of the Obama years and now he is operating with impunity. He doesn’t care if people know he killed his half-brother. This is a very dangerous situation. He needs to be stopped, by someone standing up to him.”
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