Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Japan provided data on Kim Jong Nam to aid Malaysian murder probe

And while police declined to say publicy how the official identification had come about, the New Straits Times said today that the number of moles on the dead man's face, along with their positions, had helped to positively identify the man, who had been travelling under the name of Kim Chol.

But Malaysian authorities suspect North Korea orchestrated the assassination of the leader's brother, who is known to have criticised the country's hereditary succession, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb 13, using the highly toxic nerve agent VX.

North Korea has shot down the allegations and has accused Malaysia of manipulating the probe. "In the absence of that, then we will address it as a trying to find how we are going to take the next step", the Associated Press reported.

But as relations plunged in the wake of the murder, Malaysia recalled its envoy from Pyongyang and expelled the North Korean ambassador.

Health Minister Subramaniam Sathasivam said Monday that Malaysia now hopes Kim's family members will claim the body.

"I think after the identification, we'll give ourselves about two to three weeks to solve the problem".

Deputy Health Minister Dr Hilmi Yahaya said although there was no decision on the matter yet, there was no time limit on how long a body can be stored at the hospital morgue.

According to the Immigration Department's record from 2014 to 2017, there are 2,453 North Korean citizens who are participants in Malaysia as part of My Second Home, Zahid said.

He said there were 315 North Korean nationals in the country as of now.

On Friday, Malaysian police formally identified Jong Nam as the victim of a nerve agent attack at Kuala Lumpur's airport on February 13 - but did not release details on how the identity was determined to ensure "the security of witnesses".

Pyongyang and Kuala Lumpur had unusually strong links for years but tensions flared rapidly when North Korea denounced the Malaysian investigation as a smear job, insisting that the victim most likely died of a heart attack.

Indonesian Siti Aisyah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, from Vietnam, have since been charged with his murder and face the death penalty if found guilty.

The Malaysian police are now seeking seven North Koreans over the killing.

In what may be the first comments by the family however, a young man identifying himself as Han-Sol appeared in a video that circulated last week.

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