Malaysia confirms man killed at airport is Kim Jong-nam

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Kuala Lumpur, March 10 (IANS) Malaysia on Friday confirmed that the North Korean citizen killed last month at Kuala Lumpur International Airport is Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a police official said.

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said that they have fulfilled all the requirements in identifying the body as Kim Jong-nam’s.

“We will not elaborate on how we obtained the identification,” he told reporters in the Malaysian capital.

This is the first time the police have officially confirmed the victim is indeed Kim Jong-nam.

Bakar said the police will now hand Kim’s body over to the Malaysian Health Ministry, because nobody has claimed it, reported The Star Online newspaper.

Kim was smeared on February 13 with the highly-lethal VX nerve agent at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport as he was about to board a flight to Macau, according to the Malaysian police.

Two Asian women, one from Indonesia and the other from Vietnam, have been charged with murder and face the death penalty if convicted.

The Malaysian police are currently seeking seven North Koreans over the killing. Four are suspects who are believed to be back in their home country.

Relations between Malaysia and North Korea have deteriorated since the killing.

–IANS

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