Women Suspected in Kim Jong-nam Killing to Be Charged, Malaysia Says
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Two women will be charged with murder in connection with the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half brother of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, Malaysian officials said on Tuesday.
Siti Aisyah, 25, of Indonesia, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, of Vietnam, could receive the death penalty. The police said the two women rubbed a deadly nerve agent on the face of Mr. Kim as he prepared to check in for a flight at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on the morning of Feb. 13.
25岁的印度尼西亚女子西蒂·艾莎(Siti Aisyah)和28岁的越南女子段氏香（Doan Thi Huong，音）可能被判处死刑。警方说，这两名女子在金正男脸上抹了一种致命的神经毒剂，他当时正在吉隆坡国际机场准备搭乘2月13日上午的一个航班。
Word of the charges came as North Korea began a diplomatic effort to repair the damage from the killing of Mr. Kim, sending delegations to Beijing and Kuala Lumpur in a rare outreach by the reclusive nation as it faced accusations that it carried out the brazen assassination.
The two women facing charges in Mr. Kim’s murder were arrested soon after the Feb. 13 attack and have said that they thought they were participating in a prank.
The police have also arrested a North Korean man, Ri Jong-chol, and are seeking seven others. South Korean officials have accused the government of North Korea of ordering the assassination. There was no word yet on whether Malaysian officials would charge Ri Jong-chol in the attack.
With relations between Malaysia and North Korea fraying over the killing, a high-level North Korean delegation, including the former deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Ri Dong-il, arrived in the Malaysian capital to discuss taking Mr. Kim’s body to North Korea, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported from Kuala Lumpur.
Ri Dong-il, the envoy, said he also would demand the release of Ri Jong-chol, the one North Korean who has been arrested in the case, Yonhap reported.
“We are here to discuss human rights issues and find an agreement,” Mr. Ri told reporters outside the North Korean Embassy.
Mr. Ri also said he would discuss “strengthening friendly relations” with Malaysia.
Whether Malaysia is prepared to discuss friendly relations remains to be seen. Officials at the Malaysian Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the standoff over the release of the body and the detention of Ri Jong-chol.