Malaysia says Kim Jong Nam's body released to North Korea

Malaysia's police chief has said he believes they fled to Pyongyang while the other three are hiding in North Korea's embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

The Malaysian government has ordered the body of Kim Jong-nam to be returned to North Korea.

Malaysia said it has agreed to release the body of Kim Jong Nam to North Korea in exchange for the return of nine Malaysians held in the North's capital.

In addition to releasing the body of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the authorities here lifted a reciprocal travel ban that prevented North Koreans from leaving Malaysia.

Najib also announced that nine Malaysians barred from leaving North Korea "have now been allowed to return to Malaysia" while Kuala Lumpur "will now allow North Koreans to leave Malaysia".

Malaysian authorities said the body was being returned to North Korea to "the family of the deceased", although Kim is believed to have children with women in Macau and Beijing, and not in his homeland.

In a separate development, it has been revealed that Malaysian police at first mistook Mr Kim for a South Korean national after examining his passport in the chaotic aftermath of his death. According to Malaysian investigators, two young women approached Kim as he waited for a flight and smeared VX nerve agent - a banned chemical weapon - on his face.


North Korea retaliated by expelling Malaysian Ambassador in Pyongyang.

North Korea does not acknowledge that the dead man is Kim Jong Nam.

"I have instructed for all possible measures to be taken to bring those responsible for this murder to justice", Najib added.

Captured by CCTV footage at the airport, the men - later identified by South Korea as agents of Pyongyang's ministry of state security - were nearby when Kim was poisoned. Pyongyang continued to refer to him as Kim Chol, the name on the diplomatic passport Kim was carrying when he died. The country said it had reached an agreement with Malaysia for the return of the body of a citizen killed in Kuala Lumpur.

Experts say the VX nerve agent used to kill Kim was nearly certainly produced in a sophisticated state weapons laboratory, and North Korea is widely believed to possess large quantities of chemical weapons.

"It certainly looks like they're preparing for another test", Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., chief analytics officer for AllSource Analysis, a Denver-based consultancy, told the Post after reviewing the satellite images published Wednesday on the 38 North specialist website.

South Korea and the United States also blamed Pyongyang for the murder as Kim Jong Un reportedly had a standing order to kill his exiled half-brother. Three other suspects included a second secretary at the North Korean embassy. "That is more important than making sweeping and baseless statements", he said.

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