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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Seoul on high alert, intensifies security along border after Jong Nam murder

SEOUL - South Korea’s military is on high alert following the murder of of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Seoul believes that North Korea may make some provocative moves against it.

Tensions between the two rival nations rose following Pyongyang’s missile test launch on Feb 12.
The death of Jong Nam at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 in Malaysia on Feb 13 has further aggravated the situation.

South Korea has blamed North Korea for the death of Jong Nam while Pyongyang claims Seoul is colluding in Malaysian investigations into the death of the North Korean.

Seoul’s top naval officer on Tuesday called for watertight vigilance against any possible North Korean provocation.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Um Hyun Seong as saying: “The murder of Kim Jong Nam clearly shows the regime’s brutality and recklessness. The current security situation on the Korean peninsula and the region is at risk.”

He said this when visiting troops on two border islands of Udo and Yeongpyeong in the West Sea.
A day earlier, Defence Minister Han Min Koo had called for readiness against any possible military attacks by the North, Yonhap reported.

South Korea’s acting president, Hwang Kyo Ahn, was reported as saying on Monday that the killing of Jong Nam was “an intolerable crime against humanity and a terrorist act” masterminded by the North Korean regime.

Yonhap reported South Korea’s Ministry of Unification on Tuesday as rejecting North Korea’s claim that it had anything to do with the investigation into Jong Nam’s death.

The ministry said North Korea’s ambassador to Malaysia, Kang Chol, had accused Malaysia of “colluding and playing into the gallery of external forces,” in its probe. This, the ministry said, was an apparent reference to South Korea.

Kang Chol reportedly said that South Korea benefited the most from Jong Nam’s assassination.

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