Malaysia DPM says Malaysia threatened over Kim Jong-nam death

Henrietta Brewer
March 19, 2017

Last week, after Malaysia recalled its envoy from Pyongyang and expelled the North Korean ambassador in protest, North Korea responded by barring nine Malaysians - three diplomats and their six family members - from leaving the so-called Hermit Kingdom.

The two are believed to have returned to Pyongyang, using the same route by which they had come. Malaysian authorities charged the two women - one from Vietnam and one from Indonesia - with murder earlier this month. The daily says, like the four other North Korean suspects, Chang is believed to have fled Malaysia shortly after the attack.

Malaysian police are seeking seven North Korean suspects in connection with the killing, including the four men named in the red notice.

An Interpol red notice is effectively an worldwide arrest warrant.

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

United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, who is on a visit to Beijing, pledged to work with China in addressing the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear programme. The unnamed expert quoted by NST said this was to indicate that "the job was done".

According to the sources and a local newspaper, the man's name is Chang Nam-un and he is in his mid-30s. "I would like to confirm that the DNA has been taken and brought to Malaysia and it is indeed Kim Jong Nam".

Malaysia has received a request from North Korea for Kim Jong-nam's body and officials have said it will be handed over when medical and police checks are completed.

"They have given consent to the government on what to do with the body".

Deputy national police Chief Noor Rashid Ibrahim said Kim's family will let the government decide what to do with his body.

"When negotiations are completed and both agree to term we will announce it", he said, referring to bilateral efforts under way to resolve the diplomatic dispute, which has seen both countries expel their respective envoys and impose exit bans on each other's citizens.

The North Korean Embassy counsellor in Malaysia Kim Yu Song asked the media not to take pictures of him putting bins in front of the embassy yesterday evening.

Reported byBenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service.

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