North Korean arrested over Kim Jong-nam's killing

Kim Jong-nam

North Korean Ambassador to Malaysia, Kang Chol said Friday that Malaysia was delaying the return of Jong-nam's body, who was allegedly poisoned to death in Kuala Lumpur International Airport last Monday.

Security has been tightened at all entry points in the country following the killing of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged elder half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, on Monday.

According to Washington Post, the woman was identified as Siti Aishah, a 25-year-old Indonesian, according to a statement from Khalid Abu Bakar, the inspector-general of police.

Local investigators are still trying to piece together details of the case.

Malaysian police told Reuters on Friday that they would not release the body to the North Korean embassy as they had not received an application from his next of kin.

His death is now causing a diplomatic struggle between North Korea and Malaysia-one of the few countries to have semi-normal relations with the reclusive Asian nation-as they argue about the decision to conduct an autopsy on Kim's body.

Malaysia is one of the few countries that North Korea has diplomatic relations with.

A news report about the death of Kim Jong-nam is broadcast at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, on Tuesday. The suspects were both Vietnamese and North Korean, police sources said.


She was identified from airport CCTV footage and had an Indonesian passport.

In the picture published on the front cover of the New Straits Times on Saturday (18 February), Jong-nam can be seen unconscious and slumped in an airport, moments after the lethal substance was deployed.

Although Kim is believed to have fathered two sons and a daughter with two women living in Beijing and Macau, police in Malaysia say no one has come forward to claim the body or provide DNA samples. He died while being taken to hospital.

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said on Thursday that the man was Kim Jong-nam, adding Malaysia would release the body only after an autopsy. He spent most of his time overseas in Macau, mainland China and Singapore.

She was arrested by Malaysian police early Thursday.

Jong-nam, who had used a passport bearing the name of Kim Chol, sought help at a customer service counter at klia2 and was rushed to the Putrajaya Hospital but died on the way.

Channel NewsAsia spoke to people in the hometown of the Indonesian suspect in Kim Jong Nam's death and is told the woman is "very timid" and very much an "introvert". In 2001, Kim was detained trying to enter Japan on false travel documents.

Reports of purges and executions have emerged from the current regime as Kim Jong-Un tries to strengthen his grip on power in the face of global pressure over nuclear and missile programs.

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