Report:North Korean diplomat supervised plot to murder Kim

By Shigeki Tao and Kotaro Kodama / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writers KUALA LUMPUR — A closed-circuit TV inside Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb. 13 captured Hyon Kwang Song, a second secretary of the North Korean Embassy in Malaysia, seeing off four North Koreans suspected of killing Kim Jong Nam as they left the country, Singapore-based TV station Channel News Asia reported on Thursday.

Kim, 45, was killed on Feb. 13. According to the report, the 44-year-old diplomat, who is wanted for questioning by the Malaysian police, was seen with Kim Uk Il, 37, who is also a material witness and works for North Korea’s state-owned airline Air Koryo.

The British newspaper The Telegraph quoted a security source in its online edition on Wednesday as saying, “[Hyon] is the supervisor of the whole plot.” The diplomat played a leading role in supervising the entire plan and keeping the North Korean ambassador informed, according to the paper.

Refuting these reports, a person with a connection to the North Korean Embassy told reporters in front of the embassy building on Thursday morning that what was said about Hyon was not factual and was slanderous.Speech

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