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Malaysia Confirms Kim Jong Nam's Identity Through DNA Sample

By March 16, 2017 at 8:00 am
Malaysia has confirmed Kim Jong-nam's identity (Photo : Rahman Roslan/Getty Images)

Malaysia was able to obtain a DNA sample from one of Kim Jong-nam's children. The announcement was made by the country's deputy prime minister on Wednesday.

North Korea, which was blamed for Kim Jong-nam's death by South Korea and U.S. officials, has previously denied that Kim Jong-un's half-brother was the victim since he was carrying a passport under the name of Kim Chol. In another statement, the reclusive state said that Kim had a history of heart disease and subsequently died from the same cause.

Now, Malaysia has confirmed that it was Kim Jong-nam who died. "I again confirm that it is Kim Jong Nam... This is based on a sample taken from his child," Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi told reporters. It is unclear how Malaysia was able to obtain the DNA sample.

Just last week, a video of a man claiming to be Kim Han-sol, Kim Jong-Nam's son, was uploaded online. He revealed that his father was assassinated, contrary to North Korea's latest statement about how Kim Jong-un's half-brother died from a heart attack.

"My name is Kim Han-sol, from North Korea, part of the Kim family," he said. "My father has killed a few days ago. I'm currently with my mother and sister and we're very grateful to... and we hope this gets better soon."

He showed his passport as proof but his personal information was blurred. The video was uploaded by Cheollima Civil Defense, which is a civic group helping North Korea defectors.

The National Intelligence Service has verified the man in the video to be Kim Han-sol. It is unclear where the clip was filmed and why he appeared in it.

The murder has increased the tension between Malaysia and North Korea. The former has accused the latter of holding its citizens captive.

Also, North Korean ambassador to Malaysia, Kang Chol, was recently declared as a persona non grata by the Southeast Asian country. Malaysia's Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman announced that the ambassador had failed to meet with the Ministry's Bilateral Affairs deputy secretary general Raja Nushirwan Zainal Abidin.

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