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Kim Jong-nam deal: Relief but many unanswered questions

Kim Jong-nam deal: Relief but many unanswered questions Kim Jong-nam deal: Relief but many unanswered questions
Erik Tate | 13 April, 2017, 02:25

Kim, who had been living in exile for several years, was killed at Kuala Lumpur's airport on Feb.13 in a weird assassination using VX nerve agent, a chemical so lethal that it is on a United Nations list of weapons of mass destruction.

The public poisoning of Kim, which took place amid crowds of travellers in the budget terminal at Kuala Lumpur's airport on Feb 13, has prompted speculation that North Korea dispatched a hit squad to assassinate its leader's estranged older brother.

So far, two women - one Indonesian and one Vietnamese - have been detained, along with a North Korean man.

Malaysia canceled its visa-waiver program with North Korea and kicked out North Korea's top envoy to Malaysia in response to the North's "diplomatically rude" behavior.

Pyongyang then said it would ban all Malaysians in North Korea from leaving until the "situation was resolved", which Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak called an "abhorrent act" that effectively held his citizens hostage.

When asked today whether the release would impact the investigation into Kim's death, Khalid said that "my investigation... has not been compromised".

This story has been corrected to show that police say Kim Jong Nam was killed with nerve agent, not nerve gas.

National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters Friday that "we have obtained whatever we wanted from them" and are "satisfied" with the North Koreans' statements.

Malaysia responded in kind, barring North Koreans from exiting its soil, including three suspects believed to be hiding in the North Korean embassy.

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Malaysia agreed to allow Mr Kim's body to be returned to North Korea, although it is believed his closest next-of-kin are hiding in China.

The late Kim Jong-il's eldest son was passed over for the leadership and was living outside North Korea at the time of his death.

Japanese news agency Kyodo said two men resembling two wanted North Koreans were seen on a Beijing-bound flight transporting Mr Kim's body on Friday.

The three North Koreans were confronted on a flight to Beijing, where they would change for a flight back to Pyongyang.

Malaysian investigators are also seeking seven North Korean suspects, four of whom left Malaysia on the day of the murder.

Local media reports said at least two of those suspects, including a North Korean embassy official, had left Malaysia. North Korea does not even acknowledge the victim is Kim Jong Nam, referring to him instead as Kim Chol, the name on the passport he was carrying when he died.

(AP Photo/Vincent Thian). One of the Malaysians who was stranded in Pyongyang walks down from a plane after arriving at Kuala Lumpur International airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, March 31, 2017. North Korean authorities were quick to attack the Malaysian investigation and ignored their requests for an immediate release of the body.

Mohd Nor Azrin Md Zain, a counsellor at the Malaysian embassy in Pyongyang, said: "We won't deny that when the DPRK government imposed the travel ban which prevented [us] from leaving, we were very concerned especially since we had committed no wrong".

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