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Malaysia and North Korea: A Political Assassination, Civilian Hostages, and Violations of International Law

By: Charlotte Smith On February 13, 2017, at the airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, two women approached Kim Jong-nam, the estranged brother of Kim Jong-Un, and smeared toxic VX nerve agent on his face.[1]  He died soon after the encounter.[2]  Events following the assassination have heightened tensions between Malaysia and North Korea leading to civilian hostages and a back and…