Malaysia allows return of Kim Jong Nam’s body to North Korea

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Kuala Lumpur (dpa) – Malaysia will allow the body of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half brother, Kim Jong Nam, to be transported to North Korea, according to an official statement Thursday.

“Following the completion of the autopsy on the deceased and receipt of a letter from his family requesting the remains be returned to North Korea, the coroner has approved the release of the body,” Prime Minister Najib Razak said.

Kim died last month, after two women allegedly rubbed VX nerve agent on his face at Kuala Lumpur’s international airport. Malaysian police have charged two women with his murder.

Malaysia and North Korea have been embroiled in a bitter row over the corpse ever since Kim was killed. Nine Malaysians who had been barred from leaving North Korea during the spat have now been allowed to return to Malaysia, Najib said in a statement issued to the media.