KUALA LUMPUR – The North Korean who was assassinated by two foreign women at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) on February 13 has been positively identified as Kim Jong-nam, said Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
The Inspector-General of Police said, the body was identified as Kim Jong-nam after police fulfilled all the requirements in identifying the body of the exiled half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
“We will hand over the body to the Health Ministry as we are done with it. We will not elaborate on how we obtained the identification for the security of witnesses,” he told a press conference here.
Khalid said, the case is still under investigation when asked whether Jong-nam’s family members came forward to provide DNA samples for the identification process.
Jong-nam was assassinated by two foreign women who smeared VX nerve agent on his face at the airport departure hall before his flight to Macau.
Meanwhile, the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) said that its two Malaysian staff members have already left North Korea yesterday.
“The staff members are international civil servants and not representatives of their national government. They work on WFP’s programmes in DPR Korea,” the UN agency said in a statement, adding that they had arrived in Beijing.
North Korea had barred Malaysians from leaving the country on Tuesday, sparking tit-for-tat action by Malaysia as diplomatic tensions escalated over the investigation into the murder of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak posted on Facebook that he had been briefed about the release.
“Stella Lim and Nyanaprakash Muniandy have both safely arrived in Beijing,” he wrote.
In a separate statement, Datuk Seri Najib said he pledges that ” the government will do everything possible to ensure that our citizens continue to be safe and will be able to return to Malaysia.”
– Malaysia World News