KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 — Amid murder claims of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s estranged half-brother in Malaysia, a satirical Twitter account has instead alleged that Kim Jong-nam died from an “indigestion epidemic” in the country.
“Indigestion epidemic in Malaysia claims life of esteemed Kim Jong-Nam. Unsanitary food practices of filthy Malaysian peoples is blamed,” parody account, DPRK News Service, posted last night.
Jong-nam, said to have previously criticised his family’s control of North Korea, is widely believed to have been poisoned to death by two unknown women agents at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s low-cost terminal on Monday.
Indigestion epidemic in Malaysia claims life of esteemed Kim Jong-Nam. Unsanitary food practices of filthy Malaysian peoples is blamed.— DPRK News Service (@DPRK_News) February 14, 2017
Local police stopped short of confirming his death, saying only that a male North Korean aged 46 according to his passport died en route to the Putrajaya hospital after complaining of dizziness at the airport departure hall.
According to international news wire Reuters, a South Korean cable television network claimed that two women, believed to be North Korean agents, had poisoned Jong-nam with a needle and fled in a taxi.
Local daily The Star reported Selangor police as saying that North Korea has requested for Jong-nam’s body, but a post-mortem would be conducted first.
There was no news of Jong-nam’s death on North Korea’s state-run& Korean Central News Agency at press time.
US paper The Washington Post reported last April that the DPRK News Service parody account, which satirises North Korean propaganda, is run by two American men.
Other tweets on the spoof account include: “Valentine Day is bloodthirsty US ritual in which hearts of sacrificed infants are eaten by participants in ghoulish sex and fertility rites”.