Police in Malaysia are reportedly on the trail of a North Korean embassy official in connection to the death of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, who died after he was attacked with a chemical substance by the two suspected female agents.
According to information released by the police, the suspect was identified as a senior official in North Korean embassy while another was said to be linked to the North Korean state airline, Air Koryo.
Police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said on Wednesday that both suspects are still in Malaysia and have been called in for questioning, adding that the North Korean diplomat held the rank of second secretary at the embassy.
Khalid told a news conference that police “strongly believed” four other suspects who fled Malaysia on February 13, the day of the attack, had arrived in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.
Meanwhile, the row between both countries has seen Malaysia recall its envoy to Pyongyang over the spat which erupted when North Korea’s demand to hand over the body of Kim Jong-nam were rejected.
Malaysia has also summoned the North Korean ambassador over his accusation that it was conspiring with “hostile forces” as it investigates the murder of leader, Kim Jong-un’s half-brother.
Thus far, three suspects; two female, one an Indonesian and the other carrying Vietnamese travel documents, and a North Korean man identified as Ri Jong Chol, born on May 6, 1970 have already been arrested.
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