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Kim Jong Nam murder | Malaysia hopes for talks with North Korea in 'next few days'

Malaysian police reportedly received fingerprint data of the slain Kim Jong-nam from Japan on 10 March, following which they confirmed the man assassinated at Kuala Lumpur airport in February was the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Tensions escalated on March 7 when North Korea barred all 11 Malaysians there from leaving the country, in return Malaysia also imposed a similar ban for the 315 North Koreans in Malaysia.

Ahmad Zahid who is also the Home Minister said that the Attorney-General Office's confirmation on whether the next-of-kin will bring the remains of Kim Jong Nam home.

And while police declined to say publicy how the official identification had come about, the New Straits Times said today that the number of moles on the dead man's face, along with their positions, had helped to positively identify the man, who had been travelling under the name of Kim Chol.

He refused to say how police identified Kim, saying "the safety and security of the witnesses" were at stake.

North Korea has shot down the allegations and has accused Malaysia of manipulating the probe.

He said the usual procedure for unclaimed bodies was to "give it a burial".

This resulted in Malaysia summoning and eventually expelling North Korean ambassador Kang Chol.

I AGREE Malaysians need to stand behind the government in their efforts to negotiate for the return of the nine Malaysians now in North Korea, who are being denied the right to leave the country by the authorities.

In all fairness, the Malaysian authorities have been doing an efficient job releasing information and handling the diplomatic row with North Korea.

The North Korean government then blocked all Malaysians in the country from leaving and Malaysia retaliated with blocking exit for all North Koreans.

The attack was caught on surveillance video that shows two women going up to Kim and apparently smearing something on his face. Jong Nam died within 20 minutes of the attack.

Although Malaysia has never directly accused North Korea of being behind the attack, many speculate that it must have orchestrated it. 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.

Indonesian national Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese resident Doan Thi Huongwere were charged with his murder.