Kim Jong-un latest: Suspected assassin of North Korean leader’s brother ...

A SUSPECT in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, is currently operating in China according to Japanese media.

PUBLISHED: 01:30, Wed, Sep 23, 2020 | UPDATED: 02:47, Wed, Sep 23, 2020

Kim Jong-nam died on February 13 2017 in Malaysia after being attacked with the VX nerve agent. Four North Koreans suspected of involvement left the country shortly afterwards and avoided arrest.

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Two other North Koreans were arrested over the incident but later released.

The North Korean state, operating on orders, from Kim Jong-un, was widely blamed for Kim Jong-nam’s assassination.

According to Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun Ri Jong Chol, a suspect in the murder, is currently in China.

The paper claims Mr Ri is still operating on behalf of the North Korean state.

Kim Jong-namKim Jong-nam was assassinated in February 2017 (Image: GETTY)

Kim Jong-namMalaysian police search the airport where Kim Jong-nam was poisioned (Image: GETTY)

Earlier this month the US Justice Department filed charges aimed at Mr Ri accusing him of violating international sanctions on North Korea.

The charges alleged he had been working with his daughter, Ri Yu Gyong, and a Malaysian citizen.

According to Al Jazeera Mr Ri’s daughter had been a student at a Kuala Lumpur private college.

Allegations that Mr Ri was living in China were first broadcast by the network in 2019.

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Kim Jong-namThe outside of the Malaysian hospital which held Kim Jong-nam's body after his killing (Image: GETTY)

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It aired footage which reportedly showed Mr Ri at a karaoke restaurant along with his wife.

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