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North Korea's state media broke a 10-day silence Thursday on the murder of Kim Jong-Un's half brother, launching a ferocious assault on Malaysia for "immoral" handling of the case and for playing politics with the corpse. The diplomat added that Malaysia has several options if Pyongyang does not help. "I ask for Malaysians not to go there", Nazri said.

According to the KCNA account, Malaysia initially said the man died after suffering a heart attack at the airport.

North Korea is strongly denying claims that the women wiped a toxin on Jong-nam, and they have angrily objected to an autopsy being carried out.

Evidence suggests that the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur was the operational headquarters in the hit on Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. And even if a substance is found, it would need to match the symptoms Kim Jong Nam experienced before death.

Malaysia had no reason to "paint the North Koreans in a bad light", he said, adding, "We expect them to understand that we apply the rule of law in Malaysia". Malaysia's foreign ministry responded that the ambassador's comments were "culled from delusions, lies and half-truths".

They previously arrested two women accused of carrying out the attack, as well as two male suspects, including 46-year-old North Korean Ri Jong Chol.

Mr Khalid said Vietnamese suspect Doan Thi Huong, 28, and Indonesian Siti Aishah, 25, had been trained to swab the man's face, practising in two shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur before the assault at the airport.

Jong-Nam died on February 13 after being attacked as he waited for a plane to Macau. The statement said the deceased man, whom it identified as Kim Chol, held a diplomatic passport, and it criticized the Malaysian authorities for requiring the presence of next of kin for the body to be released.

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Speaking at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Mr Abu Bakar said they were looking for three North Koreans in addition to the previously announced suspects.

A woman approaches Kim from behind on the left and another - identified by Fuji as the Vietnamese woman, wearing a white shirt - walks rapidly up behind him from his right, before what appears to be a scuffle takes place. It was not clear if they were suspects or simply wanted for questioning.

Malaysia's health minister said autopsy results could be released by Wednesday. Notably, KCNA did not mention Kim Jong Nam by name, instead referring to him as "a citizen of the DPRK".

The two women, who were picked up last week, have had their remand orders extended for another week.

Malaysia is among the few foreign countries that North Koreans can travel to easily, thanks to a visa-free policy for visitors that is largely reciprocated by Pyongyang.

This morning, an unnamed Malaysian security source told the Telegraph that police believe the diplomat, 44, and airline worker, 37, are being sheltered in North Korea's embassy.

South Korean and USA officials believe the killing of the elder half-brother of Kim Jong Un was an assassination carried out by agents of the North.

Kim Jong Nam had been critical of his sibling's regime in the past but largely maintained a low profile and lived overseas for the past 15 years.


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