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Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Malaysia says only 315 North Koreans left in the country


Malaysian authorities say the estranged brother, Kim Jong Nam, died after being attacked with VX at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13.

"The negotiations with the North Koreans are ongoing", Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi told reporters.

North Korea convened Monday's news conference to appeal for an global forum of legal experts to discuss the legal grounds for U.N. Security Council sanctions. It has not publicly acknowledged him to be Kim Jong-nam, instead referring to him as Kim Chol.

The United States and other countries are also believed to have been involved in the probe or lent a hand in the protection of family members fearful they might be targeted next by the regime.

Khalid said Kim's relatives have been notified but have not claimed the body.

This is the first time the police have officially confirmed the victim is indeed Kim Jong-nam.

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Furthermore, 801 North Koreans have been given temporary working visas and about 180 of them work as miners in Sarawak, he disclosed, adding that records showed there are only 312 North Koreans in Malaysia as the others have returned to their country. On Tuesday, North Korea announced that it was blocking all Malaysians from leaving the country until a "fair settlement" of the case was reached.

Malaysian police say VX nerve agent, a chemical so deadly that it is listed by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction, was used to kill Kim Jong Nam, who had been living in exile in Macau and had criticized his family's dynastic rule of North Korea in the past.

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.

Geneva -North Korea on Monday boycotted a special session at the UN Human Rights Council, where experts warned that the country's increasing isolation could worsen its already disastrous rights situation.

Malaysian police named a few North Korean nationals, including an embassy official at Kuala Lumpur, as suspects in the slaying.

Two women, a Vietnamese and an Indonesian, who allegedly wiped his face with a substance identified from an autopsy as the banned deadly VX nerve agent, were charged with murder on March 1. He was dead within 20 minutes, authorities say.

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