North Korea says women suspects should be freed

South Korea's Acting President on Monday asked the government to strengthen security against possible North Korean incitement, given Seoul's strong belief that Pyongyang masterminded the killing of Kim Jong-nam, a media report said.

Suspects Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong (top L), North Korean Ri Jong Chol (top R), Indonesian Siti Aisyah (bottom L) and Malaysian Muhammad Farid Bin Jallaludin (bottom R) are seen in this combination of undated handouts released by Malaysia.

Addressing a news conference on Wednesday, national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said they were taking adequate measures to safeguard the body at the mortuary after several attempts were made to break into the facility, apparently to remove the corpse.

"We have written to the ambassador to allow us to interview both of them".

Mr Khalid said that the women had clearly been "instructed to clean their hands" and that they knew that the substance they were using was toxic.

What happened?Last Monday morning Kim Jong-nam was at the budget terminal of Kuala Lumpur's main airport preparing to fly to Macau.

A woman arrested in the killing of the North Korean leader's half brother thought she was participating in a television prank show when she squirted liquid in his face, Indonesian police said.

7 suspects are at large, 4 of them, all North Korean, left the country on the day of the attack.

Khalid said the police had given a two-week time frame to Jong-nam's family to identify the body.

Khalid also said police security had been stepped up around the morgue where the body was held after an attempted break in.

Malaysia recalled its envoy from Pyongyang and summoned North Korea's ambassador in Kuala Lumpur to explain his accusations that Malaysian authorities were colluding "with external forces" over the investigation into the slaying of leader Kim Jung Un's estranged half-brother.

Authorities are still waiting for the results of the post-mortem examination of Kim's body, and are seeking his family members to provide a DNA sample.

The deputy prime minister said Malaysia was confident other countries were also practising a similar legal and trial system and respected any differences in opinion.

Malaysia had no reason to "paint the North Koreans in a bad light", he said, adding, "We expect them to understand that we apply the rule of law in Malaysia". "She was very aware that it was toxic and that she needed to wash her hands". They have already detained several other suspects.

The attack by the two women on Kim, who was wearing a suit jacket with jeans and carrying a black backpack, lasted less than 3 seconds, according to the footage.

2010: SK authorities arrest two NK operatives the South say were on a mission to assassinate Hwang Jang-yop, a defector and former NK Workers' Party secretary.

Tensions between North Korea and Malaysia have escalated since Kim's death.

  • Leroy Wright