SEOUL (REUTERS, AFP) - South Korea said on Sunday (Feb 19) it believed the North Korean regime was behind the murder of the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
"We believe the North Korean regime is behind this incident considering five suspects are North Koreans" Jeong Joon Hee, spokesman at the South Korea's Unification Ministry that handles inter-Korea affairs, told a briefing.
Jeong declined to provide further details, citing the continuing probe in Malaysia.
Malaysia police said earlier that they had arrested a North Korean man in connection to the murder of Kim Jong Nam, but four other North Korean suspects fled Malaysia.
Jong Nam died last Monday (Feb 13) after an unidentified liquid was sprayed in his face at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Seoul says the attack was carried out by female agents on Pyongyang’s orders.
“As North Korea has been committing inhumane crimes and acts of terror, we are keeping a close eye on the latest incident with grave concern,” Jeong said.