Malaysia prepares to deport North Korean linked to murder; condemns attack

The government on Saturday gave Ambassador Kang Chol 48 hours to leave the country after he refused to apologise for his strong accusations over Malaysia's handling of the investigation into the February 13 killing of Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur's airport.

In a strong diplomatic rebuke, Malaysia had earlier ordered North Korean ambassador to Malaysia, Kang Chol, to leave the country declaring him "persona non grata".

Pic: theSundailyPUTRAJAYA: Umno is to review its collaboration with the Workers Party of North Korea following the latest development in bilateral ties between Malaysia and North Korea in the wake of the murder of North Korean Kim Jong-Nam in Malaysia.

"Malaysia will react strongly against any insults made against it or any attempt to tarnish its reputation", Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said.

"He, accompanied by two representatives of the North Korean embassy, are scheduled to depart to their native country today", Mustafar Ali, director general of the Immigration Department said in a statement.

The women smeared the VX nerve agent on Kim's face, according to Malaysian police.

Police are searching for others involved in the operation, including whoever supplied them with the VX, which is listed by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction.

Kim, who had been living in the Chinese territory of Macau under Beijing's protection, had spoken out publicly against his family's dynastic control of isolated, nuclear-armed North Korea.

The other four suspects are believed to have left the country on the day of the murder, and made their way back to North Korea by air, travelling via Indonesia, Dubai and Russian Federation.

After the women wiped Kim's face with the liquid, he started feeling dizzy and died shortly afterward on his way to the hospital, Malaysian police said.

On Wednesday, a Malaysian court charged two women - an Indonesian and a Vietnamese - with the assassination.

Ri has denied any role in the assassination and accused of Malaysian police trying to frame him with "fabricated evidence" to defame the North.

The North has not acknowledged the dead man is the half brother of its leader - or mentioned Kim Jong Nam's name - in any of its statements.

National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said an arrest warrant was issued Friday for the Air Koryo employee, Kim Uk Il.

Given those considerations, the United States needs to try to talk to North Korea, just as previous US governments have done, with little success.

Mr Kim died within 20 minutes, authorities say.

They had both said they thought they were taking part in a TV prank, but were yet to make a formal plea in their case.

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  • Arturo Norris