Malaysia to handle the body of Kim Jong-nam

Kim Jong Nam was poisoned with the lethal nerve agent VX on February 13 in Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Kim Jong Nam was poisoned with the lethal nerve agent VX on February 13 in Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Malaysia has used a DNA sample from one of Kim Jong-Nam's children to confirm the identity of the assassinated half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un, the deputy prime minister said today.

Zahid said the authorities had traveled overseas to an undisclosed country to collect the DNA sample.

Interpol, based in Lyon, France, has posted red notices on its website for the four North Koreans, listing each as being wanted by Malaysian authorities for prosecution on murder charges, but without giving much more information.

Both South Korea and Malaysia accuse Pyongyang of killing Kim. Malaysian authorities charged the two women - one from Vietnam and one from Indonesia - with murder earlier this month. No family member has come forward to claim the body. North Korea demanded the release of the body after his murder and rejected an autopsy, which found that he was killed by a nerve agent while at the airport.

Nine Malaysians still remain in North Korea after they were prevented from leaving, the reclusive nation said, in announcing that they remain as collateral for the safe return of its diplomat and citizens in Malaysia.

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He said two decades of expensive diplomatic efforts has failed to achieve the goal of de-nuclearising Pyongyang and something needed to be done before it was too late. That includes a period where the United States has provided $1.35billion (£1.1bn) in assistance to North Korea as an encouragement to take a different pathway. While Malaysia has not blamed North Korea, there is widespread suspicion that Pyongyang, the country's capital, was responsible.

A video of a young man who identified himself as his son, Kim Han Sol, 21, appeared on YouTube last week.

"We have obtained a red notice for the four North Korean nationals who were at the airport on the day of the incident and who have since left. we are hoping to get them through Interpol", said Malaysia's police chief Khalid Abu Bakar yesterday.

Although Malaysia has never directly accused North Korea of being behind the attack, some analysts speculate that it orchestrated it.

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