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N. Korean official a “suspect” in Kim Jong-nam’s killing

Feb 22, 2017, 6:57 AM EST
North Korean ambassador to Malaysia Kang Chol speaks during a news conference regarding the apparent assassination of Kim Jong Nam.
(Source: Góc Chung Cư Blog/flickr)

Malaysian police announced on Wednesday that it seeks a senior North Korean diplomat for questioning over the killing of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of N. Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un. The development came as Pyongyang rebuffed the claims of its involvement in the mysterious assassination and called for an immediate release of its nationals detained in this matter.

Two women are believed to have wiped a toxic substance on Jong-name when he was about to board a flight at the Kuala Lumpur Airport, reports the BBC. North Korea argues that if the substance was on the women’s hands, it cannot be poison, which proves the innocence of the females in question.

Earlier, Malaysian police said that special security arrangements have been made after there was an attempt to break into the morgue where Jong-nam’s body is being held, writes The Guardian. The high-profile killing has strained the diplomatic ties between the two Asian countries as Malaysia turned down Pyongyang’s request to release the dead body without any autopsy.