Malaysia, North Korea reach agreement in Kim's killing row

Malaysian authorities wrongly identified the slain half-brother of North Korea's leader as a South Korean national and first alerted the South Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur soon after his death, sources familiar with the incident said.

Investigators say Kim Jong Nam, who was in his 40s, was poisoned at the Kuala Lumpur airport by two young women wielding VX nerve agent, a banned chemical weapon.

Anifah said Friday that the body of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was on a plane destined for North Korea after being kept in a hospital morgue in Kuala Lumpur for six weeks following his death.

The two women who smeared the VX nerve agent on Kim - described by police as Vietnamese "entertainment outlet employee" Doan Thi Huong and Indonesian "spa masseuse" Siti Aisyah - were arrested three days after the killing.

― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, March 31 ― Former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today praised the government's successful efforts in solving the diplomatic spat with North Korea, which ended with the safe return of Malaysian citizens there who were previously barred from leaving the republic.

"This is not the first time North Korea has engaged in illicit activities, including kidnapping and murder, abroad", said Daniel Pinkston, a professor of global relations at Troy University in Seoul.

Kim Jong Nam's murder was remarkably public, according to North Korea analysts. Najib said in a statement that Malaysia would also "allow North Koreans to leave Malaysia" as part of the agreement. Malaysia responded in kind, barring North Koreans from exiting its soil, including three North Korean suspects believed to be hiding in the North Korean Embassy.

Najib on Thursday declared on Twitter that the diplomatic crisis with North Korea was over.

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Asked if the men suspected of involvement in the killing of Jong-nam had left the country, Najib said: "I believe they have". In exchange, North Korea released nine Malaysians who were being held in Pyongyang and returned them to their homeland.

IGP however dodges questions on the identity of the person who requested Kim Jong Nam's body.

Malaysia appears to have given North Korea what it wanted - the body and three of the North Korean suspects sought by the Malaysian police - in order to get its nine citizens back safely. His body was flown out Thursday to Beijing on its way to Pyongyang.

North Korea was so enraged by Malaysia's investigation that it announced earlier this month that Malaysians could not leave North Korea.

North Korea does not even acknowledge the victim is Mr Kim, referring to him instead as Kim Chol, the name on the passport he was carrying when he died.

Kim Jong Nam, who had been living in exile in the Chinese territory of Macau for several years, survived an attempt on his life in 2012, according to South Korean lawmakers. "For this reason we had continuously keep them informed of all developments". Malaysia expelled North Korea's ambassador for being "diplomatically rude", although Najib later said that ties with Pyongyang would not be severed, in a bid to calm relations.

After the murder, a video from the victim's son Kim Han-sol, confirmed that the family were in hiding.

"We were very concerned because we had done no wrong". An AFP photographer saw a North Korean embassy van and officials leaving Beijing airport early Friday morning.

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