Malaysia summons North Korean ambassador over Kim Jong-nam murder row
Feb.20, Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia has summoned the North Korean ambassador over his accusation that it was conspiring with "hostile forces" as it investigates the murder of leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother, reports said.
Malaysia also recalled its envoy to Pyongyang after a spat erupted when North Korean demands to hand over the body of Kim Jong-nam were rejected.
"The ministry emphasised that as the death occurred on Malaysian soil under mysterious circumstances, it is the responsibility of the Malaysian government to conduct an investigation to identify the cause of death," a foreign ministry statement said after a meeting with the North Korean ambassador.
Ambassador Kang Chol last week accused Malaysia of colluding with "hostile forces" to damage the North, after rival South Korea said Pyongyang had orchestrated the airport attack.
CCTV footage purportedly showing the deadly assault in Malaysia on Kim Jong-un by a woman - who is believed to have wiped a fast-acting poison on his face - was released by Japanese broadcaster Fuji TV on Monday.
Kim Jong-nam died last Monday a short time after the attack in the departure hall of Kuala Lumpur International Airport, where he had been preparing to take a flight to Macau.
Malaysian police have detained four suspects - a Vietnamese woman, an Indonesian woman, a Malaysian man, and North Korean man - and are on the hunt for four other North Koreans who fled the country on the day of the attack.
In a press conference on Sunday, the police said the victim complained to the airport customer service personnel that two women had "wiped his face with a liquid".
South Korean and US officials say they believe Kim Jong-nam was killed by agents from the reclusive North.
Kim Jong-nam, 46, who had been living in the Chinese territory of Macau under Beijing's protection, had spoken out publicly against his family's dynastic control of the isolated, nuclear-armed nation.
The Oslo Times International News Network