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Malaysia will return body of North Korean leader’s half-brother

world Updated: Feb 16, 2017 18:48 IST
Agencies, Kuala Lumpur

Kim Jong Nam, the outcast half brother of North Korea's leader, told medical workers before he died Feb. 13, 2017, that he had been attacked at a Malaysian airport with a chemical spray, according to Malaysian officials.(AP File Photo)

Malaysia will return the body of the half-brother of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un at Pyongyang’s request, although there are “procedures to be followed”, the deputy prime minister told reporters on Thursday.

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi confirmed Pyongyang had made the request when questioned by journalists following a meeting with regional business leaders, footage from the event showed.

“We will facilitate the request by any foreign government although there are procedures to be followed. Our policy is that we have to honour our bilateral relations with any foreign country,” he said.

He also confirmed the man who was killed at Kuala Lumpur airport on Monday was Kim Jong-Nam, the estranged sibling of Kim Jong-Un.

Malaysian police have referred only to a Korean male in their official statements on the matter.

“He carries two different identities, probably this is an undercover document and this is an authentic passport,” Zahid added.

Kim, 45, was believed to have been in Malaysia on a passport bearing the name Kim Chol, a known alias, according to South Korean media.

South Korean intelligence chiefs say he was poisoned by agents from the North as he walked through Kuala Lumpur International Airport on his way to board a flight for Macau.

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