It seems that Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of Fatty Kim da T’ird, has been killed by two Norkish women assassins at an airport in Malaysia. One of those women is currently being held for questioning by the local polizei.
The Norks have a long history off attempts to assassinate people they perceive as targets, including Park Chung-Hee, the then-president of South Korea in 1968. In fact, more than 90 South Koreans were killed in that attempt, showing us that such diplomacy is not exactly a recipient-friendly style.
There are several other incidents related in this story http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38974455 about this most recent attempt, including an attempted assassination of Pres. Chun Doo-Hwan during a visit to Burma in1983. His vehicle was delayed in traffic, which saved his life, but seventeen South Korean officials and 7 Burmese nationals were killed in this attempt.
The Norks will also engage in revenge killings if some important Nork decides to defect, as happened in 1997. When Hwang Jang-yop, a senior politician, defected to South Korea in 1997, another prominent defector, Yi Han-yong, was shot in the head by suspected North Korean assassins. He was the nephew of Song Hye-rim, who is Kim Jong-nam’s mother. Loose connection? I think not!
It appears that this recent murder of one of Fatty Kim da T’ird’s many half-brothers is simply following in the footsteps of Daddy Kim Jong-Il and Grandpa Kim Il-Sung.
Do we have anything to worry about over here? Kind of.
Norkiland successfully launched a ballistic missile last week. The Pukguksong-2 missile (oh, quit laughing!) is analysed to have a range of 750 to 1,800 miles, not quite far enough to get to California where it might improve the real estate somewhat, but enough to be a nuisance. I did try to translate that name and the computer started snorting with laughter at me. http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/14/north-korea-missile-threat-could-prove-trumps-first-big-foreign-test.html
But it does have enough range to reach South Korea and Japan, and U.S. bases in both locations where 80,000++ US troops are stationed. Also, it’s a solid-fuel rocket, not a liquid fuel, which means that it doesn’t require fueling on the launch pad.
Joking aside, picking a quarrel with any country that already has the technology in place that you are seeking, any country that can flatten yours into oblivion, is a bad idea. That’s why the Cold War worked. It was a Mexican standoff.
I said a while back that the Norks are learning as they go. So are the Iranians, who also launched a missile successfully last week. Their favorite target is Israel, but the Israelis have reasonably good aim and can shoot down incoming Scuds. (Do we still have those Scud-killers?)
The Chinese are not particularly happy about Fatty Kim da T’ird’s adventures in rocket science, and like us, the Israelis, the Russians and the French, Pakistanis and Indians, the Chinese have nuclear capability.
If Fatty Kim da T’ird and Iran want a war, they should be careful what they wish for.
UPDATE: This becomes more and more odd.
A third person has been apprehended in the death of Fatty Kim da T’ird’s half-brother Kim Jong-nam. The article says that the person detained is a boyfriend of the Korean woman involved in the murder of Kim Jong-nam. One of the two female assailants was a Vietnamese woman from Nam Dinh, VN.
North Korea denies any involvement in the matter. There was no report related to Kim Jong-nam’s death on Nork News yesterday.
N.B.: For anyone who thinks a nuclear explosion produces a glass parking lot, it does not. Soil from the impact site is drawn up into the explosion cloud and vaporized, and falls as liquid droplets called trinitite or Almogordo glass. They solidify as rocklike or dumbbell shapes. They are mildly radioactive, but safe to handle, and you can find some on e-bay if you want to waste money. The original Trinity site has been bulldozed over and the stuff is buried now. Trinitite is similar to Libyan desert glass, which is thought to be the soil liquefied by a meteoric impact and scattered into the desert as liquid, solidifying in chunks as it was expelled from the impact.
Category: North Korea