DNA from one of Kim Jong Nam's kids confirmed his identity
Mar 22, 2017, 00:24
Malaysian authorities say the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was killed February 13 after two women smeared his face with the banned VX nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur's airport.
Zahid also said negotiations began Monday to resolve a diplomatic standoff over the death of Kim, the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader.
Seoul has blamed Pyongyang for his death, but the North has rejected those claims and has never confirmed the identity of the victim, who was carrying a passport bearing the name of Kim Chol when he was attacked.
"It's an effort to preserve the body, because if it is kept in the mortuary it might decompose so we did this to preserve the body", he said.
Malaysian authorities have confirmed that the body of Kim Jong-nam has been embalmed. He accused the regime of "holding our citizens hostage" before deciding Malaysia would do the same with North Koreans.
Malaysian police have identified eight North Koreans wanted for questioning in connection with the killing of Kim, some of them allegedly hiding out at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
Kim Jong-nam was not known to be seeking political power, but his position as eldest son of the family that has ruled North Korea since it was founded could have made him appear to be a danger to his half-brother Kim Jong-un.
Until then, Pyongyang is prohibiting the nine Malaysians living in North Korea from leaving the country, while Kuala Lumpur is doing the same with the hundreds of North Koreans in Malaysia.
The index also reflects the global community's negative appraisal of North Korea, Christian Kalin, chairman of Henley & Partners, was cited as saying.
Mr Zahid said on Wednesday that authorities obtained DNA from one of Mr Kim's children. Last Tuesday, North Korea blocked all Malaysians from leaving the country until a "fair settlement" of the case is reached. Three Malaysian embassy staff and six family members are stranded in North Korea as a result.
The two countries have also scrapped visa-free travel for each other's citizens.
"It is a final aim sought by the United States to store up the global repugnancy towards the DPRK", he said of the attack, with the intention of provoking a "nuclear war against DPRK at any cost".
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