Kim Jong-nam’s body to be released to North Korea

Malaysia has said it will release the body of the assassinated half-brother of North Korea’s leader following negotiations with Pyongyang.

Prime Minister Najib Razak said a coroner had approved the release of Kim Jong-nam’s body.

Mr Kim was murdered at Kuala Lumpur airport with a lethal nerve agent last month.

The assassination led to a diplomatic dispute between Malaysia and North Korea.

Prime Minister Najib said nine Malaysians who had been barred from leaving North Korea had now been given permission to return to Malaysia, and North Koreans would be allowed to leave Malaysia .

Malaysia has not directly blamed North Korea for the killing, but there is widespread suspicion Pyongyang was responsible.

Mr Najib said: “I had a deep personal concern about this matter, and we worked intensively behind the scenes to achieve this successful outcome.

“Many challenges were overcome to ensure the return of our fellow Malaysians.”

Malaysian investigators had demanded North Korea hand over suspects, three of whom were thought to be hiding in the country’s embassy in Malaysia. It is unclear if they are among the North Koreans now being allowed to leave Malaysia.

In turn, North Korea demanded Malaysia turn over Kim Jong-nam’s body and strongly denied any role in the killing.

The body should be released to his immediate family not a country.



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