Malaysia says cause of death still unknown in killing of North Korean

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Malaysian authorities said on Tuesday they had yet to determine a cause of death in the killing of the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, and had still to confirm the identity as no next of kin has come forward.

 Malaysia's ambassador to North Korea Mohamad Nizan Mohamad (C) is surrounded by media upon his arrival from Pyongyang, after being recalled by Malaysian government, at Beijing airport in Beijing, China, in this photo taken by Kyodo February 21, 2017. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS
Malaysia’s ambassador to North Korea Mohamad Nizan Mohamad (C) is surrounded by media upon his arrival from Pyongyang, after being recalled by Malaysian government, at Beijing airport in Beijing, China, in this photo taken by Kyodo February 21, 2017. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was killed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport last week. Malaysia’s deputy prime minister has previously identified the victim as Kim Jong Nam, though formal identification of the corpse has not taken place.

“The cause of death and identity are still pending,” Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, the director general of health at the Malaysian health ministry, told reporters.

South Korean and U.S. officials have said they believe North Korean agents assassinated Kim Jong Nam, who had been living in the Chinese territory of Macau under Beijing’s protection.

(Reporting by Joseph Sipalan; Writing by Kanupriya Kapoor; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)


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