SEPANG — March 15, 2017: The identity of North Korean Kim Jong-nam, who was killed at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 on February 13 was confirmed through his son’s DNA sample.
The sample was obtained according to forensic procedures.
“I once again confirm that the body is that of Kim Jong-nam,” stated Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi at a media conference here today.
Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, died on the way to hospital after being allegedly killed by two women who had wiped his face with the VX nerve agent while he was waiting to fly to Macau.
Prior to this, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar had confirmed that the victim was indeed Jong-Nam but didn’t say how the identity was confirmed.
Zahid also made clear that Malaysia has no objection to having an independent international inquiry into Jong-nam’s murder.
“Any party, including North Korea or international bodies, may establish any kind of inquiry,” he said.
According to Zahid, negotiations with Pyongyang relating to problems in bilateral relations began on Monday involving the secretaries-general of the respective foreign ministries. — Bernama