Family allows Malaysia to manage Kim Jong Nam's remains

Posted March 19, 2017

Another North Korean man may have been involved in last month's murder of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, in addition to seven others hunted by Malaysian police over their alleged links to the case, sources close to the matter said Saturday.

Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean leader's estranged half brother, was killed in Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13 by two women who rubbed the highly-toxic nerve agent VX on his face.

Any decision will be subject to negotiations between the two countries amid a diplomatic stand-off over the killing, he added. The daily says the man is believed to be Chang Nam-un, a man in his mid-30s, and it says he's believed to have played a significant role in Kim Jong-nam's murder.

"However, for now, the family have given permission to our government to manage the body".

"In the meantime, we have found that our people in North Korea are safe and there is nothing to worry (about)", said Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak yesterday.

"When the time comes we will formally negotiate with North Korea".

Interpol issued a "red notice" Thursday for four North Koreans wanted in connection with the freaky assassination of Kim Jong Un's half brother in Malaysia, but it probably won't do much good.

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Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said on Wednesday that Kuala Lumpur Hospital had embalmed Jong Nam's body to prevent decomposition.

"The only parties that will benefit from this incident are the enemy countries", Pak told a hand-picked audience of reporters in a small, sparsely decorated room inside the embassy. Noor Rashid did not say when or where the consent was given.

Jong-nam, who is believed to have at least six children, had been living in exile for several years in the Chinese territory of Macau.

Malaysia is one of the few countries outside China that has for decades maintained ties with North Korea. There are fears his 21-year-old son, Kim Han-Sol, could be targeted next.

The nine Malaysians now in North Korea were barred from leaving the country after Pyongyang issued a travel ban on Malaysian citizens there last week.

South Korea's spy agency has said it believes North Korea was responsible for the assassination of Mr Kim, who had spoken out against his family's dynastic control of the nuclear-armed north. The Southeast Asian country followed with a tit-for-tat action stopping North Koreans from leaving.