Police say Kim Jong Un slain man's next of kin

Malaysian prosecutors have charged two women - an Indonesian and a Vietnamese - with killing Kim Jong-Nam, but South Korean and USA officials had regarded them as pawns in an operation carried out by North Korean agents.

North Korea had requested the body, but has not confirmed its identity.

Both countries withdrew their ambassadors and North Korea blocked nine Malaysians from leaving the country.

Pyongyang banned all Malaysians in North Korea from leaving the country until Kim's corpse was repatriated.

Relations reaffirmedMalaysia's Foreign Minister Anifah Anan (3rd R) walks with the nine Malaysian citizens who were previously stranded in Pyongyang as they return home, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia.

Kim's body was believed to be on Malaysia Airlines flight MH360 to Beijing, en route to North Korea.

Najib said the murder probe will continue but did not say anything about the three North Korean men wanted by police in connection with Kim's death.

National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar's comment suggested that Kim Jong Un may have sent the letter requesting that his body be returned, but when reporters pressed him on the issue he would not confirm it.

North Korean officials have speculated that Kim died of a heart attack, despite Malaysia's evidence that he was killed by a chemical weapon.

It appears to have acceded to North Korea's wishes to get the Malaysians released, Mr Head said. The men were seen at the Beijing airport on Friday, apparently on their way to Pyongyang, North Korea's capital.

Following the development, Najib said Malaysia would allow North Korean nationals to leave the country.

Oh Ei Sun, an adjunct senior fellow with Singapore's Rajaratnam School of International Studies, said it was not a surprise that North Korea did well in the negotiations.

But North Korea has always demanded custody of the body, arguing that the victim was a citizen.

But he added they were "not particularly harassed" by North Korean authorities.

Malaysian prosecutors have charged two women - an Indonesian and a Vietnamese - with killing him, but South Korean and USA officials had regarded them as pawns in an operation carried out by North Korean agents.

Kim was poisoned on February 13 in a crowded terminal at the airport.

The nine Malaysians who had been trapped in Pyongyang arrived in Kuala Lumpur early Friday morning on board a small Bombardier business jet operated by the Malaysian air force.

North Korea does not acknowledge that the dead man is Kim Jong Nam.

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

Two foreign women daubed the face of Jong-nam with the nerve agent VX while he was waiting for a flight to Macau.

North Korea has expanded the control of movement from areas bordering China to nationwide ahead of the 105th birth anniversary of its founder Kim Il-sung next month, a USA broadcaster said Friday.

North Korea has denied any involvement in the murder of Kim, who it is still referring to as Kim Chol, which was the name on the victim's diplomatic passport.

Yesterday, following the deal, Malaysian Prime Miniter Mohammad Najib Tun Razak declared, through Twitter, that the "diplomatic crisis is over".

  • Salvatore Jensen


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