Kim Jong-nam's body released to North Korea

Kim Jong Nam was killed in Kuala Lumpur International airport on February 13 in a weird assassination using VX nerve agent.

In addition to releasing the body, Malaysian authorities lifted a reciprocal travel ban that prevented North Koreans from leaving Malaysia.

The other North Korean suspects named by Malaysian investigators are all back in North Korea.

Television footage obtained by Reuters from Japanese media showed two of the suspects, Hyon Kwang-song, the second secretary at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, and Kim Uk-il, a North Korean state airline employee, on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar says the police have not closed the investigations into Jong-nam's murder.

Malaysian authorities contacted the South Korean Embassy, sending along copies of documents found on Kim's body.

"I'm sure they know very well" who the man really is, Khalid said Friday.

Meanwhile, Khalid pointed out that investigations into Jong-nam's murder case was still ongoing, despite the body being sent back to North Korea.

Malaysian police arrested the two women who carried out the assassination by rubbing the nerve agent on Kim's face, which led to his death only after 20 minutes.

On Friday morning Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman told reporters: "There can be no substitute for diplomacy, for level-headedness in dealing with such situations, and this has served Malaysia well in this instance".

The pilot, Lieutenant-Colonel Hasrizan Kamis, had flown missions into risky countries such as Libya, but the Star reported him saying he only started breathing easy after leaving North Korean airspace.

He said police are still seeking the four North Koreans who left February 13, who are believed to be in North Korea. The Malaysians left Pyongyang in a Royal Malaysian Air Force business jet, which headed immediately west out of North Korean airspace before turning south toward Malaysia, according to flight tracking website Malaysia, too, started allowing North Korean nationals to leave.

Jong Nam is the half-brother of the nuclear-armed state's dictator leader, Kim Jong-un.

When asked if this meant that the North Korean leader had written the letter which had secured the body's release, the IGP replied: "You said it, not me".

An Indonesian and a Vietnamese woman have been charged killing him but they are regarded by South Korea and the U.S. as pawns in an operation carried out by North Korea. North Korea, which is widely suspected to be behind the attack, has rejected the autopsy findings.

"It's a win for North Korea", Daniel Pinkston, an global relations expert at South Korea's Troy University, told VICE News.

"After we have clocked out, we could still see them working".

Kim Jong-nam (left) had spoken out publicly against his family's dynastic control of the isolated nation and Kim Jong-un had reportedly issued a "standing order" for his half-brother's assassination in 2012.

It is not clear where Mr Kim's wife and children are, although his son appeared in a video earlier in March and said the family were together.



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