Kim jong un – Banzai Runner Pantera Sun, 10 Oct 2021 11:16:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Kim jong un – Banzai Runner Pantera 32 32 North Korea unveils new apartment construction site in 10,000 housing project this year Sun, 10 Oct 2021 02:25:16 +0000

SEOUL, Oct. 10 (Yonhap) – North Korea is ramping up construction of new apartment buildings in its capital, state media said on Sunday, with a goal of providing 10,000 new homes this year and 40,000 more by 2025.

North Korea has cleared tens of thousands of square meters of land in the western Pyongyang region of Mangyongdae to build more houses, according to its official journal Rodong Sinmun and Uriminzokkiri, a propaganda site.

North Korea claims Mangyongdae is the birthplace of Kim Il-sung, its founding leader and the late grandfather of current leader Kim Jong-un.

Rodong Sinmun also said that the North recently completed construction of new apartment buildings of more than 100 units in the eastern district of Pyongyang.

At the ruling Workers’ Party’s eighth congress in January, the North decided to build 50,000 apartments in Pyongyang by 2025, with the goal of creating 10,000 units per year.

In March, Kim attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the capital’s 10,000 apartments and urged authorities to move the project forward despite “tougher than ever” challenges.

The North’s large-scale construction project comes amid several economic challenges, including crippling international sanctions and protracted efforts to stave off the coronavirus pandemic.

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North Korea’s food situation looks perilous, experts say Fri, 08 Oct 2021 07:27:23 +0000

By Josh Smith

SEOUL, Oct. 8 (Reuters) – North Korea’s food situation remains perilous according to analysts and a UN expert who expressed doubts this week about its harvest, and there are signs it is receiving large shipments of humanitarian aid from China.

North Korea has long suffered from food insecurity, with observers saying the government’s mismanagement of the economy is being exacerbated by international sanctions, natural disasters and now the COVID-19 pandemic, which has triggered widespread outbreaks there. unprecedented border closures.

The country typically depends on imports and help from China to make up for poor harvests, but its strict self-imposed border closures aimed at preventing a coronavirus outbreak have slowed trade and questioned its ability to overcome shortages food.

International sanctions imposed on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program create additional hurdles and should be relaxed to avoid a humanitarian crisis, a UN rights investigator said in a report seen by Reuters this week.

Despite its economic difficulties, North Korea continued to develop its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile arsenals, including testing a flurry of new short-range missiles north-korea-says -it-test-fired-new-hypersonic-missile-kcna-2021-09-28 in recent weeks, and building a major addition to its main nuclear reactor facility https: // www. -continuing-activity-at-the-yongbyons-uranium-enrichment-plant, which analysts say could aim to enrich more quality uranium military.

Much depends on this year’s harvest after leader Kim Jong Un said the food situation was “tense”.

In July, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations said the 2021 growing season looked to be off to a good start, but a new report released this week by a U.S. think tank said data collected by satellite indicate a yield lower than an average or good harvest.

“Although not yet a crisis of famine proportions, the negative trend, combined with external factors such as the poor yields of the previous year and the flood damage to cropland in the northeast and crop transportation infrastructure, exacerbate food insecurity in the country, ”the Center for Strategic and International Studies said in a report released Monday.

For the first time in months this week, there were signs that North Korea was accepting international aid, with UN agencies claiming some cargo had entered the country world / asia-pacific / who-is-sending -covid-19-aid-north-korea-2021-10-07 and were now quarantined in North Korean ports.

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) health and nutrition supplies and medical supplies to support the World Health Organization’s anti-pandemic work were part of the aid that had reached South Korea. North.

Aid shipments have been on hold for a long time and likely do not signal a wider opening of borders as North Korea has been letting other goods in for months, said Chad O’Carroll, CEO of Korea Risk Group, based in Seoul. who is watching North Korea.

“North Korea has allowed other goods to enter the country since May, including large volumes of what appears to be humanitarian aid from China,” he said.

China’s exports to North Korea increased for the third consecutive month -18 in August, to reach $ 22.5 million. It was a fraction of the $ 219 million in exports in August 2019, before pandemic lockdowns.

O’Carroll said he believed North Korea would still be able to avoid severe food shortages with aid and imports from China.

“However, the quality, range and nutritional value of the food products offered will be low,” he added. (Reporting by Josh Smith; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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UN expert calls for easing of sanctions on North Korea as famine risk looms Thu, 07 Oct 2021 09:10:00 +0000

GENEVA – North Korea is at risk of starving itself after further isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic and UN sanctions imposed on its nuclear and missile programs should be relaxed, human rights investigator said. UN in a report seen by Reuters.

The worsening humanitarian situation could turn into a crisis and this coincides with a global “rampant apathy” over the plight of the North Korean people, said Tomas Ojea Quintana, UN special rapporteur on human rights in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“The sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council should be reviewed and relaxed if necessary to both facilitate humanitarian and life-saving assistance and allow the promotion of the right to an adequate standard of living of ordinary citizens”, a- he said in a final report to the UN. General Assembly, which will be presented on October 22.

North Korea does not recognize or cooperate with Ojea Quintana’s mandate, and his mission in Geneva did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The government in Pyongyang does not respond to questions from foreign media.

Leader Kim Jong Un said in June that the food situation was “tense” due to natural disasters last year and acknowledged that citizens had had to make sacrifices during the pandemic. In April, North Korean officials called a UN report on child malnutrition a “pure lie.”

North Korea has not reported any cases of COVID-19 and has imposed strict anti-virus measures, including border closures and restrictions on domestic movement.

But many North Koreans dependent on business activities along the border with China have lost their income, and this has been made worse by the impact of the sanctions, Ojea Quintana said.

“People’s access to food is a serious concern and the most vulnerable children and the elderly are at risk of starving to death,” he said, adding that North Koreans “should not have to choose. between fear of hunger and fear of COVID-19 “.

“Essential drugs and medical supplies are scarce and prices have increased severalfold as they have stopped coming from China, and aid organizations have not been able to provide drugs and other supplies.”

Most diplomats and aid workers have left North Korea due to strict travel restrictions and a shortage of essential goods and health facilities, Ojea Quintana said.

Progress in immunization, women’s and children’s health, water and sanitation is eroding, he said.

“The current worsening humanitarian situation could turn into a crisis and must be avoided,” he said.

‘Creeping apathy’

He also expressed concern that the growing challenges in obtaining information “were leading to a rampant apathy of global attention to the deteriorating human rights situation in this country”.

Ojea Quintana called for the easing of military tensions on the divided peninsula and urged the United States and South Korea to “send clear signals” to relaunch diplomacy aimed at securing the denuclearization of the North.

In recent weeks, North Korea has carried out a series of weapons tests, including ballistic missiles and a cruise missile with potential nuclear capabilities.

Ojea Quintana praised the commitment of US President Joe Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in last May to work to improve North Korea’s rights situation.

“In any future peace negotiations, the Republic of Korea and the United States of America should secure commitments with measurable criteria …

North Koreans are still being held in political prison camps, along with their families, while some have been released from labor training centers due to lack of food and work, he said.

The camps, known as kwanliso, whose existence is denied by the state, can be characterized as crimes against humanity, he said.

]]> 0 WHO works to get Covid-19 medical supplies to North Korea Thu, 07 Oct 2021 03:09:00 +0000

The World Health Organization is working to ship Covid-19 medical supplies to North Korea, a possible sign the North is relaxing one of the world’s toughest pandemic border closures to receive outside aid.

The WHO said in a weekly monitoring report that it had started shipping essential Covid-19 medical supplies through the Chinese port of Dalian for “strategic storage and further shipping” to North Korea. WHO officials did not immediately respond to requests for more details on Thursday, including what those supplies were and whether they had already reached North Korea.

Describing its anti-virus campaign was a matter of “national existence,” North Korea had severely restricted cross-border traffic and commerce over the past two years despite pressure on its already crippled economy.

Staff at Pyongyang's No.1 Department Store are disinfecting the store to help curb the spread of Covid-19 before it opens in the North Korean capital.  The WHO says it has initiated a process to send Covid medical supplies to North Korea via a Chinese port.

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Staff at Pyongyang’s No.1 Department Store are disinfecting the store to help curb the spread of Covid-19 before it opens in the North Korean capital. The WHO says it has initiated a process to send Covid medical supplies to North Korea via a Chinese port.

In August, United Nations human rights investigators called on the northern government to clarify allegations that it ordered troops to shoot on sight any intruders crossing its borders in violation of its closure in pandemic case.

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While North Korea has yet to report a single case of Covid-19, outside experts largely doubt that he escaped the disease that had affected almost every other place in the world.

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, greets troops and spectators gathered at a state celebration in Pyongyang last month from a balcony.

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, greets troops and spectators gathered at a state celebration in Pyongyang last month from a balcony.

The North told the WHO it had tested 40,700 people for the coronavirus until September 23 and that all tests were negative. According to the WHO report, those tested in the past week included 94 people with flu-like symptoms or other symptoms and 573 health workers.

The latest WHO report came weeks after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered authorities to carry out a tougher ‘our style’ anti-virus campaign after refusing certain foreign Covid-19 vaccines offered via a UN-supported immunization program.

Unicef, which buys and delivers vaccines on behalf of the COVAX distribution program, said last month that North Korea had proposed that its allocation of around 3 million Sinovac vaccines be sent to severely affected countries. Unicef ​​said North Korea’s health ministry said it will continue to communicate with COVAX on future vaccines.

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks with children during a celebration of the nation's 73rd birthday on September 9.

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks with children during a celebration of the nation’s 73rd birthday on September 9.

Some analysts say the North is looking to receive more effective jabs amid questions about the effectiveness of the Sinovac vaccine and may also have issues with COVAX involving legal liability and reporting requirements.

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“Kim Jong Un also loves basketball!” : when Dennis Rodman revealed his bizarre love for North Korea and its dictator Wed, 06 Oct 2021 07:36:09 +0000

Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman once revealed what he and Kim Jong Un talked about whenever he visited North Korea.

Who else but Kim Jong Un would willingly travel to North Korea and meet one of the most terrifying dictators of our time?

Dennis Rodman has often been dubbed as a man with a very strange lifestyle. During his time in the NBA, people thought it was strange to have dyed his hair green and black. However, fans were unaware that this was just the tip of the iceberg.

The fats come on decades later, and at age 60, the man still wears a hat and sunglasses, to the point that many have probably forgotten he has a scalp and a real set of eyes. In addition, he has 4-5 rings on his face, with one ring for each nostril, one for his lip, and two for his ears. And lastly, probably the one that might not mean as much to you, RODMAN IS THE CLOSEST THING TO KIM JONG ONE ON A FRIEND.

Simply put, to call man “one” would be the understatement of the millennium.

Getting back to Kim Jong Un, Dennis Rodman once revealed what the two usually talk about whenever they meet in North Korea. And let’s just say it’s not exactly what you’d expect.

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Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un talk about basketball when they visit there

Yes, you read that right. No, it’s not a weird fever dream.

Don’t believe us? Watch the YouTube clip below.

As you’ve probably seen too, Rodman was also trying to show us the more human side of Kim Jong Un. And while we don’t think the North Korean dictator is a saint, did Stephen Colbert not tried a little too hard to hammer out that the man is a psychopath?

That aside though, if Kim Jong Un is following the NBA, we wonder if he’s still a hooper. And if he is, something tells us that he has better grips than Kyrie, and a meaner ride than LeBron James when he’s on the pitch… or maybe Kim Jong Un’s habit of doing it. exaggerating one’s abilities affects us too.

Who knows?

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]]> 0 Kim Jong-un regime ‘disappointed’ by Joe Biden, says former North Korean CIA chief Tue, 05 Oct 2021 22:18:29 +0000

The former senior US intelligence official on North Korea said Kim Jong-un’s regime was “disappointed” with the Biden administration’s policies so far, saying Pyongyang likely hoped the new US administration would have provided a “concrete road map” to restart stalled nuclear talks now.

Andy Kim, who led the CIA’s Korea Mission Center at the height of the Trump administration’s high-stakes summits with North Korea in 2018 and 2019, said on Tuesday that the Kim regime had spent months “in patiently wait to know what the North Korean policy of the new US administration was. would look like.

“I think they ended up [were] disappointed, “Kim said in remarks to” The Washington Brief, “a series of virtual events hosted by the Washington Times Foundation. He said the Biden administration had so far adopted a “classic political option of compromise of a calibrated and practical approach” towards Pyongyang.

Others have been more critical, with North Korea consistently rejecting Mr Biden’s offers to resume direct talks without preconditions this year. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently called the Biden approach a return to the “strategic patience” of the Obama and Bush era that he says turns a blind eye to North Korean nuclear and military violations.

Mr Kim pointedly avoided noting the Biden administration’s approach on Tuesday, instead offering a blunt analysis that North Koreans had been waiting for and hoping the Biden administration would have aligned itself more with the left-wing government in Korea. South which promotes engagement and concessions in the North.

“I think Pyongyang was probably hoping to see a more concrete roadmap from the United States, taking an action-for-action approach, [while] giving North Korea some credit for what they have been doing over the past four years, ”he said. “… I’ve heard this over and over from their North Korean counterparts – that the American side didn’t really recognize them what they did.”

Mr. Kim specifically touched on the Kim regime’s shutdown of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) and nuclear testing since the historic Singapore summit in 2018 with Mr. Trump.

North Korea’s frustration with the Biden administration may explain recent rhetorical threats and other provocations from Pyongyang, including recent test launches of several shorter-range missiles.

Mr. Kim, who appeared for “The Washington Brief” with former US negotiators in North Korea, Ambassadors Joseph DeTrani and Christopher Hill, as well as Alexander Mansourov of the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, a indicated that a range of factors could affect US policy towards Pyongyang in the coming months.

He has so far defined the policy of the Biden administration as a policy of “risk management”, as opposed to the “crisis management” approach adopted by the Trump administration in 2017 amid escalation. major at the time of the North Korean ICBM tests, as well as a nuclear detonation that year by the Kim regime.

Direct talks between the United States and North Korea have now stalled for more than two years following two high-stakes leadership-level summits under Mr. Trump. The summits caught the world’s attention, but ultimately failed to convince North Korea to abandon the nuclear weapons program or relax crippling US and international economic sanctions that Pyongyang has long criticized.

Mr Kim, a long-time former CIA officer, suggested that the Biden administration might just allow South Korea to lead the policy for the time being. South Korean President Moon Jae-in recently made diplomatic overtures to Kim’s regime and expressed a desire to sign a declaration ending the official state of war with Pyongyang dating back to the 1950s before stepping down. next year.

The U.S. intelligence community is engaged in a heated internal debate over whether the United States should call on China as a potential partner in an attempt to influence the Kim regime.

China, which shares a border with North Korea, is Pyongyang’s main economic partner and its only strategic ally. Beijing is also accused by critics of evading UN and US sanctions against North Korea through a network of shady deals that provide goods and money in return for North Korean coal.

The United States and South Korea don’t always agree on what China’s role should be, Kim said.

“Sometimes we think China can put pressure on North Korea on our behalf and sometimes we don’t want China involved at all,” he said. “On the other hand, South Korea still sees China as a major player in relations with North Korea.”

It is no secret that China wants to “be a major player in this effort,” he added, warning that Chinese President Xi Jinping may seek to take advantage of the situation over the years. months to get the message across that it is a more powerful country and influential regional power broker than the United States.

Specifically, Kim said, the United States should be wary that Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in could get together for a meeting on the sidelines of the upcoming February 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

“The fact that Xi Jinping is having some sort of meeting, all three of them,” he said, “is the last thing the United States would like to see.”

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Morning Brief: Putin linked to Pandora Papers, California oil spill and more, World News Mon, 04 Oct 2021 03:46:38 +0000

North Korea and South Korea have re-established the cross-border hotline as authorities made their first phone call since August. The move comes just a few days after Kim Jong-un’s The regime tested a hypersonic missile and launched a long-range cruise missile last month.

Meanwhile, in a startling revelation, the Pandora Papers revealed the Russian president Putin is believed to be linked to undisclosed assets in Monaco. Pandora Papers identified the buyer as a named woman Svetlana Krivonogikh. The woman has been romantically linked to Putin since he was still deputy mayor of his hometown of St. Petersburg and is said to have a daughter with him.

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North Korea re-establishes hotline with South Korea Mon, 04 Oct 2021 00:48:00 +0000

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – North Korea reestablished dormant direct lines of communication with South Korea on Monday in a small and fragile step of reconciliation in a seemingly difficult attempt to win external concessions with a mix of conciliatory and conciliatory gestures. missile tests.

It is not known to what extent the move will improve relations between the Koreas, as Pyongyang is used to using hotlines as a bargaining chip in relations with Seoul. She often suspended them unilaterally and then reactivated when she needed better relations with her neighbor to the south.

North Korean liaison officers responded Monday morning to phone calls from their South Korean counterparts through a set of cross-border government and military channels for the first time in nearly two months.

“For a long time without speaking. We are very happy because the communication channels have been restored like this. We hope that South-North relations will develop to a new level,” said a Seoul official in a telephone conversation with its North Korean counterpart. a channel, according to a video posted by South Korea’s Unification Ministry.

On a separate military channel, the Koreans exchanged information on fishing activities along their disputed sea border to the west – where several bloody inter-Korean naval battles have taken place in previous years – to prevent similar skirmishes, Seoul Defense Ministry said. A ministry statement said Seoul hopes that restoring hotlines will help ease tensions on the peninsula.

Hotlines are telephone and fax channels that the Koreas use to organize meetings, organize border crossings and avoid accidental clashes. They have largely been stranded for more than a year as the North cut them off in protest at campaigns to distribute leaflets to South Korean civilians. Communications were briefly re-established for about two weeks this summer, but North Korea then refused to exchange messages again after Seoul held annual military exercises with Washington that Pyongyang sees as a repeat invasion.

Last week, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expressed his willingness to reactivate the channels of communication, saying he wanted to fulfill the wishes of the Korean people to promote peace. Her influential sister, Kim Yo Jong, said earlier that North Korea was open to resuming talks and cooperative measures if the conditions were right.

Some experts question the sincerity of such an opening because it came as North Korea renewed its missile tests after a six-month hiatus. Kim Yo Jong also said South Korea must abandon “double-play standards” and a “hostile point of view” if it is serious about improving relations, a position widely echoed by his brother.

Experts say North Korea is trying to use South Korea’s desire to improve relations to pressure it to convince the United States to relax punitive economic sanctions against the North. Others say North Korea wants South Korea not to criticize its ballistic missile testing, which is banned by UN Security Council resolutions, as part of its efforts to gain international recognition as a nuclear weapon state.

“The South Korean authorities must make positive efforts to put North-South relations back on track and settle the important tasks which must be given priority to open up bright prospects in the future, bearing in mind the meaning of the restoration of communication lines, ”said the official North Korean Central News Agency before the hotline’s restoration.

Lee Jong-joo, spokesperson for the Unification Ministry, said Seoul hoped the two Koreas would soon reopen official talks on improving relations based on the stable operation of hotlines.

It is not clear whether the North will get what it wants from its lobbying campaign. Kim Jong Un has said he will not resume talks with the United States unless it abandons its “policy of hostility,” an apparent reference to sanctions. The United States, for its part, has offered “anytime, anywhere” talks without preconditions, a position Kim described last week as a “shrewd” attempt to cover up US hostility. United against North Korea.

Nuclear diplomacy between Pyongyang and Washington collapsed in early 2019 over disputes over exchanging sanctions relief for denuclearization measures. Despite its recent round of weapons testing, North Korea still maintains a 2018 self-imposed moratorium on long-range missile testing that directly threatens the Americas, an indication that it does not want to scuttle the outlook. future diplomacy with the United States

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North Korea threatens UN Security Council after meeting Sun, 03 Oct 2021 13:12:45 +0000

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – North Korea warned the UN Security Council against criticism of the isolated country’s missile program, in a statement on Sunday that included unspecified threats against the international body.

During an emergency closed-door meeting of the main UN body on Friday, France circulated a proposed statement expressing concern over North Korea’s missile launches and calling on it to fully put implement Council resolutions banning its ballistic missile launches.

On Sunday, Jo Chol Su, a senior official at the North Korean Foreign Ministry, warned the UN Council that it “had better think about the consequences this would have in the future should he attempt to do so. encroach on the sovereignty “of North Korea.

Jo also accused the UN body of a “double-play standard” because it also does not dispute the tests of similar weapons carried out by the United States and its allies, according to the statement released by the media. ‘State.

After a six-month hiatus, North Korea resumed missile testing in September, launching newly developed missiles including nuclear-capable weapons that place South Korea and Japan, both key allies of the United States , at their striking distances. The country has always offered conditional talks with South Korea, in what some experts call an attempt to pressure Seoul to persuade Washington to relax crippling economic sanctions against it.

Under several UN Security Council resolutions, North Korea is prohibited from engaging in ballistic missile activities because the country aims to install nuclear weapons on its ballistic missiles. North Korea has argued that its nuclear program is intended to deal with US military threats, although Washington has said it has no hostile intentions towards Pyongyang.

Despite its recent launches, North Korea maintains a self-imposed 2018 moratorium on a long-range missile directly threatening the American homeland, a sign that it still wants to keep its chances of future diplomacy with the United States alive.

US officials urged North Korea to resume talks without preconditions, but the North has argued it will only do so if the Americans abandon their “hostile policies,” in apparent reference to sanctions and regular military exercises. between Washington and Seoul.

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A gripping tale of the daring death of Kim Jong-un’s half-brother Fri, 01 Oct 2021 06:30:00 +0000

The documentary Assassins released in India the same week as No time to die the new James Bond film. Assassins focuses on a mode of shipping that rivals, if not eclipses, the methods by which characters perish in the average Bond movie: a poisonous chemical rubbed into the face, causing death within minutes.

There are also elements of a Shakespearean tragedy in the Ryan White film, which was released on BookMyShow Stream. Assassins revisits the sensational murder of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. On February 13, 2017, Kim Jong-nam was at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on the way back to Macau. Two women approached him and rubbed the nerve agent VX on his face. Kim Jong-nam died an hour later.

The women were quickly arrested, as were several North Koreans living and working in Malaysia, including a chemist. The assassination, which matches the brazen attacks on Russian dissidents in recent times, was quickly blamed on Kim Jong-un.

Kim Jong-nam is said to be the preferred son of Kim Jong-il, the North Korean leader between 1994 and 2001. After Kim Jong-il’s death, the throne went to Kim Jong-un, the son of his second wife. The new supreme leader’s intolerance of dissent and potential political rivals spread to Kim Jong-nam, who had survived a few assassination attempts in the past, the film suggests.

Kim Jong-nam’s death was caught on CCTV cameras at the airport. The real mystery later revealed and keeps the suspense factor alive in AssassinsWere the two women who killed Kim Jong-nam – one Indonesian and the other Vietnamese – also working for North Korea, or were they trapped in the plot, as they claimed?

The 2020s documentary is based on the GQ magazine article The untold story of Kim Jong-nam’s assassination by Doug Block Clark. The film convincingly proves that the women, Siti Aisyah and Doan Thị Hung, were tricked into thinking they were participating in a prank show.

Using interviews with the women’s attorneys and audio recordings of their trials and following the trail created by damning CCTV footage, the filmmakers provide a stunning example of a scapegoat. Gullible working-class women who unwittingly carried out a perfect murder themselves became the victims because “someone had to be charged because someone was dead,” a Malaysian journalist remarks wryly.

Ryan White and publisher Helan Kearns expertly present an investigative thriller filled with beats of suspense and ominous musical notes. The picture also emerges of a coldly pragmatic diplomacy, which is poised to allow a miscarriage of justice in order to maintain friendly relations. As Siti and Doan form an unlikely friendship behind bars, behind the scenes evidence suggests that your average Hollywood spy thriller about murderous tyrants and corrupt accomplices isn’t so far-fetched. If anything, such films might even be missing.

Assassins (2020).

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