Truth about Kim Jong-nam murder stranger than fiction

Ri Tong-il, the former United Nations deputy ambassador, will request that Malaysia hand over Kim's body to North Korea, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.

North Korea has since sent a delegation of diplomats to Malaysia to retrieve Jong-nam's body and to seek the release of a North Korean arrested in the murder.

The estranged half-brother of the North Korean leader was killed with lethal nerve agent VX, police have revealed, after he was ambushed at Kuala Lumpur airport on February 13.

Kim fainted at the airport clinic and died in the ambulance on the way to hospital. Ri will also ask Malaysia to release the North Korean suspect who remains in custody.

The revelation that the extremely powerful VX nerve agent killed Kim has boosted speculation that North Korea had dispatched a hit squad to Malaysia to kill Kim.

A chemical weapons analysis unit found VX, or S-2 Diisopropylaminoethyl methylphosphonothioate, present on swabs taken from Mr Kim's eye and face.

Officials further affirmed that Huong is from the northern province of Nam Dinh, confirming statements issued by Malaysian police and the global press over the past week. Thursday's statement described the man only as a North Korean citizen bearing a diplomatic passport.

The fallen minister had been seen as close to Kim Jong-un.

If convicted, Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam, 28, could face the death penalty.

The four North Koreans who made up the assassination team left Malaysia the same day Kim Jong-nam was killed and are believed to be back in their country, Mr.

Four North Korean suspects are believed to have fled to Pyongyang after the murder.

Before the development regarding the nerve agent, North Korea said Malaysia's investigation into the death of one of its nationals is full of "holes and contradictions" amid speculation that its agents masterminded the assassination.

Authorities are still hunting for seven North Korean co-conspirators.

South Korea has accused the North's Reconnaissance General Bureau (RGB) spy agency of plotting the assassination.

Speculation has run rampant that North Korean despot Kim Jong Un orchestrated the murder of his half-brother due to their testy relationship over the years.

Malaysia last week recalled its ambassador to Pyongyang and, according to a senior Malaysian government official the country, is considering expelling North Korea's ambassador from Malaysia or shutting its embassy in Pyongyang. He is thought to have two sons and one daughter by two women who live in Macau and Beijing.

  • Salvatore Jensen