Malaysia agrees to release Kim Jong Nam's body to North Korea

Najib also announced the return of Malaysian citizens who were in North Korea.

National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said "please wait" when asked whether Kim Jong Nam's body had left the morgue.

An global confrontation ensued. As The Two-Way has reported, both nations had blocked each other's citizens from departing and expelled their ambassadors.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said: "I had a deep personal concern about this matter, and we worked intensively behind the scenes to achieve this successful outcome".

Following negotiations that he described as "very sensitive", Prime Minister Najib Razak said that North Korea had allowed the nine Malaysians to leave, and that Malaysia had agreed to release Mr Kim's remains to North Korea.

"Many challenges were overcome to ensure the return of our fellow Malaysians", he said. This was then leaked to the South Korean media.

The dig at Cruz was a response to his efforts to label North Korea as a state sponsor of terror.

North Korea's flag flutters inside the country's embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Wednesday. It wasn't clear whether that included the three suspects wanted by police and believed hiding in the embassy.

"I have instructed for all possible measures to be taken to bring those responsible for this murder to justice", Najib added.

Malaysian investigators have demanded that North Korea hand over the suspects of the killing.

"They took off from Pyongyang today at 7.45pm Malaysian time, and will land in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow around 5am", he said, without mentioning Kim by name, referring to hims only as "the deceased".

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But South Korean intelligence sources are confident Kim Jong-Un's regime was behind it, as they believe he has issued standing orders for the elimination of his elder half-brother.

North Korea does not acknowledge the dead man is Kim.

"The effect had to be planned", said Robert L. Gallucci, a former USA chief negotiator with North Korea over its nuclear program.

McCain's response, on Twitter: "What, did they want me to call him a insane skinny kid?"

The brazen nature of the assassination also made collecting evidence relatively easy.

Captured by CCTV footage at the airport, the men - later identified by South Korea as agents of Pyongyang's ministry of state security - were nearby when Kim was poisoned.

Kim was killed at Kuala Lumpur airport on February 13.

He did not indicate when Kim's body would be transferred.

"It certainly looks like they're preparing for another test", Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., chief analytics officer for AllSource Analysis, a Denver-based consultancy, told the Post after reviewing the satellite images published Wednesday on the 38 North specialist website.

Malaysian police did not respond to requests for comment. "In case a war breaks out on the Korean Peninsula, the USA will be held wholly accountable for it, no matter who will launch a preemptive attack, as it is causing trouble by bringing lots of nuclear strategic assets and special warfare means", said the statement.

The body is to be returned to family in North Korea, the official KCNA news agency said, adding that both countries would lift reciprocal bans on travel by citizens and guarantee their safety, letting nine Malaysians now in Pyongyang return home.

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