Malaysia Condemns Use of Chemical Weapon in Kim Jong Nam Killing

Kim Jong Nam was estranged from his half brother, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has said that Malaysia is ending visa-free travel for North Koreans due to security reasons. This is a matter of national security, he explained.

Ri was arrested on 17 February, four days after Kim Jong Nam was killed at Kuala Lumpur's airport.

Malaysia is one of the few countries that North Koreans could visit without a visa, and Malaysians are among the few nationalities granted visa-free entry to the secretive, nuclear-armed state.

Malaysian authorities immediately dismissed the claims, and are seeking seven other North Korean suspects, four of whom fled the country on the day of Kim Jong Nam's death. Pyongyang has slammed Malaysia over the probe. Some people compared Vietnam's handling of the case unfavourably to that of Indonesia's in a country where criticism of the government is muted.

He said ordinary North Koreans were restricted from leaving their country and only officials were allowed to travel overseas.

"Malaysia does not produce, stockpile, import, export or use any Schedule 1 toxic chemicals including VX, and has made annual declarations to that effect to the OPCW", the statement said. Malaysia hopes to pressure Pyongyang into assisting in the investigation. "North Korea can say what they like but the facts remain", Khalid told AP.

Ri Tong Il, former North Korean deputy ambassador to the United Nations, outside the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on March 2, 2017. The foreign ministry is drawing up several options, apparently including severing diplomatic ties.

A North Korean citizen, Ri Jong Chol, was seen being escorted from Sepang police headquarters today under heavy police guard. Section 302 revolves around murder charges while Section 34 means that a collective criminal act will be liable for an act done by him or her alone.

Today, however, at a press conference held outside the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, a North Korean envoy stated that North Korea has rejected the Malaysian and USA findings.

  • Joanne Flowers