Vietnamese woman accused of killing Kim Jong Un half-brother returns to hometown

Robie de Guzman   •   May 4, 2019   •   1811

A woman accused of killing the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reunites with family in Vietnam. | Photo grabbed from Reuters footage

A Vietnamese woman who spent more than two years in a Malaysian prison on suspicion of killing the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was released from jail and returned to Vietnam on Friday (May 3) night.

Doan Thi Huong arrived back to her family home, a small town in the province of Nam Dinh, 130 km (80 miles) from Hanoi, in the early hours of Saturday (May 4).

“I want to thank Nam Dinh province and the police of my home town for supporting me and protecting me safely to come back home,” she said.

The 30-year-old was charged along with an Indonesian woman with poisoning Kim Jong Nam by smearing his face with liquid VX, a banned chemical weapon, at Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017.

Malaysian prosecutors dropped a murder charge against Huong last month after she pleaded guilty to an alternate charge of causing harm. (REUTERS)

Missile test meant to warn US, South Korea – Kim Jong Un

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 9, 2019

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches missile launch | Courtesy: Reuters

North Korea’s official news agency KCNA on Wednesday (Aug 7) released still photographs of leader Kim Jong Un watching the latest missile launch.

Kim said the military action was “an occasion to send an adequate warning to the joint military drill now underway by the U.S. and South Korean authorities,” according to KCNA.

The local news agency added that North Korea launched a “new-type tactical guided missiles.”

It was launched from the western area of North Korea, flew across the peninsula.

It precisely hit the targeted islet in the said area which is off the east coast of the country.

The launches “clearly verified the reliability, security and actual war capacity” of the weapon, KCNA said, echoing analysts who said the launches showed North Korea’s confidence in its missile technology. – Reuters

South Korea’s military says North Korea fired projectiles into sea

Robie de Guzman   •   July 25, 2019

South Korea’s Defence Ministry Spokesperson Choi Hyun-soo

North Korea fired two short-range missiles early on Thursday (July 25) from its eastern coast, South Korea’s military said; the first missile test since leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to revive stalled denuclearisation talks.

The missiles launched from near the eastern coastal city of Wonsan flew about 430 km (267 miles) and reached an altitude of 50 km (30 miles) before falling into the East Sea, according to South Korean military.

South Korea’s Defence Ministry urged North Korea to stop acts that are unhelpful for easing military tension, its spokesperson Choi Hyun-soo said at a news conference.

“The government has been keeping an eye on the related activities and urges North Korea to stop acts that are unhelpful for easing military tension on the Korean Peninsula,” he said.

North Korea’s last weapons testing in May included short-range missiles as well as smaller rockets. At the time, the state’s leader Kim Jong-Un oversaw the first flight of a previously untested weapon – a relatively small, fast missile that experts believe will be easier to hide, launch and maneuver in flight. (REUTERS)

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North Korea’s Kim Jong Un inspects new submarine, points out weapons systems

Robie de Guzman   •   July 23, 2019

Kim and officials looking around a submarine. Courtesy: Reuters

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected a newly built submarine and pointed out its tactical capabilities and weapons systems, North Korea’s official news agency KCNA said on Tuesday (July 23).

The submarine, which was built under Kim’s “special attention”, will be operational in the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan, KCNA said.

KCNA released still photographs of Kim looking around the submarine, but did not describe the kind of weapons systems the submarine contained or when the inspection took place.

Kim tasked defense and scientific officials accompanying him with achieving more strategic initiatives in submarine use, state media added. (REUTERS)

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