Kim Jong-nam's identity confirmed with DNA: Malaysia

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21 March, 2017

"And those samples have been put through forensics and DNA procedures and I would like to again say that the body is that of Kim Jong Nam", said Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Health officials told the AP that Kim's relatives would have a few weeks to retrieve the body.

The North Korean government has openly criticised the investigation, disputing the cause of death as nerve gas and whether the man killed was in fact Kim Jong-nam. "This is based on a sample taken from his son", Datuk Seri Zahid told reporters. He criticized the interim outcomes of a probe by the Malaysian police the previous day, which strongly hinted at the North's involvement in the killing.

Dr Ahmad Zahid also said that there were a total of 191 North Koreans here under the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) program. North Korea's ambassador to the UN Kim In-ryong denounced [press conference] the claims as falsehoods, denying the accusations, accusing its enemies of spreading disinformation.

Two women - one Vietnamese and one Indonesian - have been arrested and charged with the murder.

North Korea's deputy UN ambassador, Kim In Ryong, said in NY that "from A to Z, this case is the product of reckless moves of the United States and South Korean authorities", who he said are trying to tarnish the North's image and bringing down its social system.

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Up to 100,000 North Koreans are believed to be working overseas and their remittances are a valuable source of foreign currency for the isolated regime.

Last Friday, police said they had established conclusively the dead man was 45-year-old Kim Jong Nam, but did not reveal how they confirmed the man's identity, citing "security" reasons. Zahid has said about 315 North Koreans remain in the country with valid visas.

Malaysian police have identified eight North Koreans wanted for questioning in connection with the killing of Kim, some of them allegedly hiding out at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

News of the deportations was a surprise as the countries have barred each other's citizen from leaving amid a diplomatic standoff over Kim's death.

Three Malaysian embassy staff and six family members are stranded in North Korea as a result. "The United States and the South Korean authorities are groundlessly blaming the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea]". Airport surveillance footage shows them approaching the victim and apparently smearing his face with a piece of cloth.


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