Malaysia's investigations into Kim Jong-nam's murder have put a strain on ties with North Korea. The North Korean ambassador was summoned to explain Kula Lumpur's probe into the murder and Malaysia has recalled its ambassador to Pyongyang.
Washington is at a turning point in its North Korea policy, with a new terror blacklisting and a more aggressive sanctions regime that is drawing the ire of China and further isolating the embattled regime in Pyongyang.
The women broke down as they toured the Kuala Lumpur airport as part of their murder trial. Both maintain that they were tricked into smearing the deadly chemical agent, after being told it was a harmless prank.
Two women pleaded not guilty to murdering the half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un as their trial got underway in Malaysia. They deny having knowingly rubbed the toxic VX nerve agent in Kim Jong Nam's face.
Despite the fact that other suspects were not questioned, two women are the only people being tried for the murder of N. Korean exile Kim Jong Nam. Claiming they were tricked, both face the death penalty if convicted.
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