Jong Nam's killers coated hands with poison

Jong Nam's killers coated hands with poison

Malaysia has repeatedly denied requests by the North Korean government to hand over Kim Jong Nam's remains, saying it will hand over the body only to a relative who can provide DNA evidence.

Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said on Thursday (23 February) that the two women were paid to kill North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un's half-brother.

The North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur has demanded the immediate release of the two "innocent women".

Jong-Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, was murdered at the KL International Airport 2 departure hall on Feb 13, with South Korean and U.S. officials believing he was assassinated by North Korean agents.

The KCNA report did not acknowledge Kim Jong-nam, the eldest son of the late former leader Kim Jong-il, was the estranged half-brother of Kim Jong-un, nor mention his name.

Two other people have been arrested: a Malaysian man - believed to be the boyfriend of the Indonesian woman - whose court remand has now expired, and a North Korean man working at a Malaysian company.

It was the first official word from government-controlled media, although North Korea's ambassador to Malaysia has spoken to reporters in Kuala Lumpur.

The regime also denounced Malaysia's refusal to hand the body back to North Korean officials, saying the decision "proves that the Malaysian side is going to politicize the transfer of the body in utter disregard of global law and morality and therefore serve a sinister objective".

Pyongyang has accused Malaysia of "colluding" with its enemies to carry out a politically motivated investigation.

On Monday, the Malaysian foreign minister, Anifah Aman, responded to Kang's charges, saying they were based on "delusions, lies and half-truths".

In October 2012, South Korean prosecutors said a North Korean man detained as a spy had admitted involvement in a plot to stage a hit-run accident targeting Kim Jong-nam in China in 2010.

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No family member has come forward to claim Mr Kim's body.

Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak told reporters later Monday that he had confidence in the objectivity of his country's police and doctors.

So far, the police have identified a total of eight North Koreans suspected of being linked to the killing.

South Korea, acutely sensitive to events in its volatile neighbour, convened a meeting of its National Security Council.

It said that South Korea had "kicked up a fuss" and had plotted to have North Korea blamed for the killing.

Four North Koreans who were involved in the murder have returned to Pyongyang. He said she knew very well that whatever she had held was poisonous and she needed to wash her hands. The grainy CCTV images, posted on several websites, showed Kim, wearing a light-coloured jacket and trousers and with a backpack on one shoulder, heading for an automatic check-in counter in the airport departure hall. Noor Rashid said one was North Korean, but that police had not yet identified the other two.

As the woman in white quickly walks away, the second woman also moves off rapidly in another direction.

CCTV footage appears to show a female hit squad place a cloth over his face.

Doan Thi Huong in an undated handout released by the Royal Malaysia Police to Reuters.

Mr Kim died last week after apparently being poisoned while waiting for a flight at a Kuala Lumpur airport.