Zahid: Jong-nam's identity verified through DNA testing

Trevor Jackson
March 21, 2017

Kim Jong Nam had two gold chains around his neck, one with a pendant engraved with family portraits which "links him directly to his next of kin", the New Straits Times newspaper said, adding that physical features such as tattoos and moles on the body also been useful.

The suspect, identified as Chang Nam Un, is said to be in his early 30s, and was with four other agents who kept watch in the concourse of Kumpur Lumpur International Airport while two women carried out the brazen attack against the estranged half-brother of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un on February 13.

Zahid, who is also home minister, said the samples were obtained according to forensic procedures.

Malaysian officials say Jong Nam's body has been embalmed and that his relatives were given two to three weeks to claim it.

Kim Jong Nam is the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"On March 13, we sent a letter to North Korea, saying that based on the principle of match sequence and to be played on the Federation Internationale de Football Association window, match between North Korea and Malaysia will be played on June 8".

"If North Korea is not able to find a neutral venue, AFC will decide the venue for them by May 8", he said.

They were among 176 North Koreans working in Sarawak.

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Zahid said this refuting a recent denial by Pyonyang's permanent envoy to the United Nations that the body lying in the Kuala Lumpur Hospital morgue was not that of Jong-nam's.

The sources were described as having good ties with North Korea.

"I again confirm that it is Kim Jong Nam".

It is reported that the North Korean workers are mainly in businesses including coal mining and construction.

The assassination, carried out with VX nerve agent at Malaysia's main airport, triggered an angry standoff between Kuala Lumpur and Pyongyang that has seen them expel each other's ambassadors and refuse to let their citizens leave.

Formal negotiations between Malaysia and North Korea over the release of the Malaysians began on Monday (March 13), Mr Zahid confirmed.

A Vietnamese woman and an Indonesian woman have been charged in the case.

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