Body of Kim Jong-nam under armed guard after morgue break

Kim Jong-nam assassination

South Korean legislators last week cited their spy agency as saying the young and unpredictable North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, had issued a "standing order" for his half-brother's assassination.

Kim Jong-nam apparently fell out of favour with his father following a failed attempt in 2001 to enter Japan on a forged passport and visit Disneyland. After that, he lived in virtual exile, mainly in the Chinese territory of Macau.

Japanese journalist, Yoji Gomi, who wrote a book about him said he was "critical of the system that was in place in North Korea".

"We received a police report (on the trespassing) so we sent in Stafoc and not for any other reason (as alleged by the media that the police escorted Jong-nam's son to give DNA samples and identify the body)", added Khalid. Its envoy in Kuala Lumpur criticised Malaysian authorities for "delaying" the release of the body.

Two women - Indonesian national Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong, have since been arrested in relation to Kim's death.

"That's what we are investigating (who distributed CCTV recording), the clip was not from the police as MAHB is the one that manages the airport, the one that appoints the security personnel is MAHB".

In the latest twist in a plot straight out of a movie, an attempted break-in was reported at the hospital morgue where Kim Jong Nam's body is being held - against North Korea's wishes.

Malaysian police have added a North Korean diplomat to the list of suspects linked to the February 13 death of Kim Jong Nam amid growing suspicions the killing was executed at Pyongyang's order.

China lost 180,000 soldiers in the Korean War of the 1950s to help the north.

While Najib's statement is the most prominent rebuke of North Korea's demands to take the investigation out of Malaysia's hands, it is far from the only one.

The suspects were identified as Hyon Kwang Song, second secretary of the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur and Kim Uk Il, an Air Koryo staff member. If the involvement of Indonesian and Vietnamese women in the crime is also found to be the result of North Korean operations, the result is nearly certain to result in substantial constraints on relations with those countries and North Korean activities in Southeast Asia.

Malaysia summoned the North Korean ambassador on Monday for a dressing-down over Pyongyang's attack on its investigation into the assassination of leader Kim Jong-Nam's brother, deepening a diplomatic row.

We hereby officially inform Malaysia and the global community that we suggest a joint investigation on this incident for clarification.

The two nations have made a series of increasingly angry statements since then, with Malaysia saying it was following its legal protocols, and North Korea insisting Malaysia is working in collusion with its enemy South Korea. They have repeatedly demanded the return of Jong-nam's body - which is curious in itself, since he was not a resident of North Korea for nearly two decades.

Malaysian police say they'll wait one more week for a next of kin to come forward and claim Kim's body, though North Korea has already requested it.



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