Kim's identity confirmed through son's DNA: Malaysia


Interpol has issued a "red notice", the closest instrument to an worldwide arrest warrant, on four North Korean suspects wanted in connection with the murder of Kim Jong Nam, Malaysia's police chief said on Thursday (March 16).

"From the son, who is out of the country", Zahid said, declining to name the country. The decision to deport the 50 North Koreans was not explained but the move comes weeks after ties between the two became tense over the murder North Korean leader's half brother at an airport in Malaysia.

The three other North Korean suspects are hiding in the country's embassy in Malaysia, Malaysian police say.

On Thursday, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi disclosed that officials had travelled to another country to obtain DNA samples used to positively identify the dead man as Kim Jong Nam, and that these were collected from his 21-year-old son, Kim Han Sol. North Korea strongly denies the allegation.

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.

"We have obtained a red notice against them and we are hoping to get them via Interpol".

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Washington and Seoul were trying to tarnish the North's image and bring down its social system, Kim said on late Monday in NY.

On the negotiations to extradite the nine remaining Malaysians in North Korea, Ahmad Zahid said negotiations at the "officers level" have started since last Monday.

Two foreign women have been charged with his murder, but police are still seeking the four North Koreans whom they believe to be masterminds of the attack. We can not just simply make a decision.

Malaysian police also want to question three other North Koreans, including a diplomat, for their alleged roles in the murder.

It's not clear when the video was shot, but a South Korean National Intelligence Service spokesman verified the son's identity to CNN.

A giant mosaic created by 10,000 North Koreans holding cards at the May Day stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea.