Jewelry Evidence Helps Police ID North Korean's Body

Kim Jong Un

DNA tests have confirmed that the man killed last month at Kuala Lumpur's airport was Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea leader Kim Jong-un, Malayia's deputy prime minister said.

FILE - Kim Jong Nam, exiled half brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, gestures toward his face while talking to airport security and officials at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia.

The country's deputy prime minister said Kim was identified through a DNA sample taken from one of his children.

Zahid said on Tuesday Kim's body, which is now kept in a morgue in the Malaysian capital, has been embalmed to prevent it from decomposing.

"He awful. He fed his own uncle to starving dogs, and had his own half-brother poisoned by a nerve agent that is classified as a weapon of mass destruction".

Zahid said the two countries are still negotiating, but did not elaborate.

North Korea rejects the findings and has demanded the body back.

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

North Korea has blamed the United States and South Korea for the high-profile murder.

Nine Malaysians - three embassy staff and members of their families - are in North Korea while about 315 North Koreans are in Malaysia.

Subsequently, Kuala Lumpur made a decision to expel the North Korean ambassador.

Malaysian police said that eight North Koreans are suspected of being involved in the killing, along with the two women.

But the Malaysian government is reluctant to let Hyon and Kim leave after it already had to release and deport Ri Jong-chol, the only North Korean suspect in the hit who had been arrested, due to a lack of evidence.

It said that a North Korean citizen carrying a diplomatic passport fell into a state of "shock", without making any references to his identity.

Malaysia retaliated by banning some 1,000 North Korean, mostly illegal workers earning hard currency for their regime, from leaving until the safety of the Malaysians in the North is assured.

Kim Jong-nam, who was the elder half-brother of Kim Jong-un, had been passed over for the North Korean succession and was living in the Chinese territory of Macau at the time of his death.