Malaysia says Kim Jong-Nam's family must claim body in weeks

Posted March 14, 2017

On Friday, Malaysian police formally identified Jong Nam as the victim of a nerve agent attack at Kuala Lumpur's airport on February 13 - but did not release details on how the identity was determined to ensure "the security of witnesses".

A decision will be announced today whether North Koreans with expired work permits will be repatriated or prohibited from leaving the country, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Although Malaysia has not directly accused North Korea of being behind Mr Kim's death, there is increasing speculation that Pyongyang orchestrated it. Instead, North Korea refers to him as Kim Chol, the name on the passport Kim was carrying when he was attacked in a crowded airport terminal.

The incident sparked a diplomatic standoff and expulsions of ambassadors as both countries slapped travel bans on each other's citizens.

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Anifah also said the return of Kim's body would be part of the talks' agenda.

However, a few days later two Malaysians employed by the United Nations under its World Food Programme (WFP) in North Korea were safely repatriated by the UN and moved to Beijing.

However sources close to the matter said Japan provided Malaysia with Kim's fingerprints, obtained from when the Japanese government detained him back in 2001 at Narita worldwide airport for trying to enter the country on a false passport.

Hilmi was responding to a statement by Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar who said Kim's body may be surrendered to the Health Ministry any time.

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Furthermore, 801 North Koreans have been given temporary working visas and about 180 of them work as miners in Sarawak, he disclosed, adding that records showed there are only 312 North Koreans in Malaysia as the others have returned to their country.

Between 80,000 and 120,000 people are held in four known political prison camps in North Korea and hundreds of families in South Korea and Japan are looking for missing relatives believed abducted by North Korean agents, Ojea Quintana said. Two women - one Indonesian, one Vietnamese - have been charged with murder but say they were duped into thinking they were playing a harmless prank. He was dead within 20 minutes, authorities say.

The group claimed it has relocated Jong-nam's three family members to safety and declined to disclose their location, also releasing a video on YouTube purportedly showing Jong-nam's son Kim Han-sol.

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