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Kim Chol and Kim Jong Nam is the same person - DPM Ahmad Zahid

Kim Chol and Kim Jong Nam is the same person - DPM Ahmad Zahid
People watch a TV screen broadcasting a news report on the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the older half brother of the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, February 14, 2017. REUTERS
PUTRAJAYA: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today confirmed that the North Korean man believed killed at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (klia2) Monday is Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of the country's leader, Kim Jong-un.

The confirmation was made based on the passport and identification document issued by the North Korean Embassy.

"Yes correct (he is Kim Jong Nam). First, (confirmation) based on the passport which we have compared with the document issued by the Embassy of North Korea, and the identification (document) issued by the embassy," he said here today.

Ahmad Zahid who is also Home Minister was speaking to reporters after chairing a roundtable meeting with foreign workers industry representatives at his office.

However, he said, the DNA result has not been obtained and the matter has been handed over to the hospital and the police.

"About (the man's) DNA, I leave it to the hospital and the police to make a formal confirmation," he explained.

He said the government would facilitate any request by North Korea to claim the body, in accordance with standard operation procedure. 

The body would be released to the next-of-kin or the embassy after all the police and medical procedures had been completed, he said.

"To date, (there has been) no official request (from the next-of-kin) but they (the family) probably channelled their request to the North Korean embassy," he said.

Ahmad Zahid also said the death had not affected bilateral ties between North Korea and Malaysia.

"We recognise that diplomatic relations will be strengthened and we would like to facilitate if they have any problem pertaining to their security in our country," he said.

On Tuesday, the Royal Malaysia Police have identified a North Korean man who sought medical assistance at the klia2 customer service counter as Kim Chol.

In a statement, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the man who died enroute to a hospital on Monday was identified based on his travel document.