Malaysia says found out murdered Kim Jong Nam's identity from son's DNA

There are nine Malaysians in North Korea - three embassy staff members and their family members.

Malaysian police have received a "red notice" from Interpol for four North Koreans that are wanted for the murder of Kim Jong-nam - the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un - who was killed in a Malaysian airport earlier this month.

"When the time comes we will formally negotiate with North Korea".

He said: "So we have 20 years of failed approach". "That is for now, anything else I would inform (later)".

Police said last week they had confirmed the victim was Kim Jong Nam, but refused to say how.

Mr Tillerson said: "We look to China to fulfil its obligations and fully implement the sanctions called for".

It's not clear how many North Koreans are in Malaysia, but police believe three people wanted for questioning in Kim's killing are holed up in the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

The four who are subject to the red notice - which is similar to an worldwide arrest warrant - are believed to have made their way back to North Korea's capital Pyongyang.

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Red notices are described by the US Justice Department as the "closest instrument to an global arrest warrant in use today". North Korea is not part of that network.

Another North Korean, the 30-year-old Ri Ji U, has also been linked to the crime, but his whereabouts remain unknown.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today revealed that the sample was "taken from the son. who is living abroad".

Deputy IGP Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim says Kim Jong-nam's family will let Malaysia decide what to do with his body.

Last week, a video of a man claiming to be the son of Kim Jong-nam surfaced on the internet.

Experts say the VX nerve agent used to kill Kim was nearly certainly produced in a sophisticated state weapons laboratory, and North Korea is widely believed to possess large quantities of chemical weapons.

Malaysia has said it will deport 50 North Koreans who are in the country with expired visas.

"The only parties that will benefit from this incident are the enemy countries".

  • Adam Floyd