Kim Jong-nam's identity confirmed with DNA: Malaysia

Jong-nam, the elder brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is alleged to have been killed by two foreign women who swiped his face with the VX nerve agent while he was at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) on Feb 13 to take a flight to Macau.

The Malaysian authorities have charged an Indonesian woman and a Vietnamese woman with the murder, and are looking for seven North Koreans to question over the case.

Prime Minister Najib Razak says Putrajaya will start formal negotiations with North Korea in due time.

The four North Koreans who had fled the country are Rhi Ji-hyon, 33; Hong Song-hac, 34; O Jong-gil, 55; and Ri Jae-nam, 57.

Experts say the VX nerve agent used to kill Kim was nearly certainly produced in a sophisticated state weapons laboratory, and North Korea is widely believed to possess large quantities of chemical weapons.

Earlier today, deputy police chief Noor Rashid Ibrahim said that after positive DNA confirmation was obtained, the family of Jong-nam has made a decision to leave it to Putrajaya to handle Jong-nam's body. Now as we have said that we want the next of kin, by normal procedure to claim the body.

Washington and Seoul were trying to tarnish the North's image and bring down its social system, Kim said on late Monday in NY.

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North Korea is pumping up efforts to complete the construction of Ryomyong Street by April 15, the 105th birthday of Kim Il-sung, the grandfather of the North's leader.

Malaysian authorities had asked the global police organization to help them catch the four men who are believed to have fled Malaysia on the day Kim Jong Nam was killed in a chemical attack at a local airport, Police Inspector-General Khalid Abu Bakar said.

South Korea and the United States believe he was murdered by Pyongyang after speaking out publicly against his family's dynastic control of the country.

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

In a statement on Wednesday, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said police "confirmed that the identity of the body is Kim Jong-nam based on the sample taken from his child".

Earlier this month, Malaysia and North Korea banned each other's citizens from leaving. We can not just simply make a decision.

  • Megan Austin