DNA from one of Kim Jong Nam's kids confirmed his identity

A Malaysian official says authorities have used DNA to confirm the identity of Kim Jon Nam, the murdered half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The announcement was made two days after reports emerged that Malaysia used fingerprint data of Jong Nam that they received from Japan to identify his body after he was poisoned with nerve agent VX in Kuala Lumpur on February 13.

North Korea has denied any wrongdoing in the incident and has denied the man was even Kim Jong Nam, referring to him only as Kim Chol, the name on the passport of the man who was killed. "Yes, we have preserved the body as it is kept in the morgue and there has been fear of decay", Zahid told reporters at the Parliament lobby yesterday.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also home minister, declined to provide further details.

The assassination, carried out with VX nerve agent at Malaysia's main airport, triggered an angry standoff between Kuala Lumpur and Pyongyang that has seen them expel each other's ambassadors and refuse to let their citizens leave.

Malaysian police have identified eight North Koreans wanted for questioning in connection with the killing of Kim Jong Nam, some of them hiding in the North Korean embassy.

There are nine Malaysians in North Korea - three embassy staff members and their family members.

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"We will send the North Korean workers in Sarawak who have exceeded their visa back to Pyongyang for overstaying", he said.

The murder, and Malaysia's investigation of it, has sparked a diplomatic meltdown between two countries with once strong ties.

Malaysian authorities have confirmed that the body of Kim Jong-nam has been embalmed.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak initially accused the North Korean government of holding his citizens "hostage", but in an attempt to ease concerns, he has since vowed the countries will come to a resolution.

North Korea on Monday sought to shift the blame for Kim's death to the United States and South Korea. CCTV footage shows them smearing the 45-year-old's face with a piece of cloth. He died 20 minutes later.

A Vietnamese woman and an Indonesian woman have been charged in the case.

  • Megan Austin