The New Straits Times, meanwhile, said the footage also showed another man with a black outfit always a few steps behind Kim Jong-nam as he made his way to the airport’s medical clinic following the chemical attack. A strike against Pyongyang would “clearly have implications on United States markets”, with a direct, nearly existential risk to South Korea, he added.
China has a vested strategic interest in maintaining a North Korean state that’s unfriendly to the West to act as a buffer state between the powerful, democratic state of South Korea and China’s authoritarian mainland.
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said on Wednesday that Kuala Lumpur Hospital had embalmed Jong Nam’s body to prevent decomposition.
He declined to elaborate on how the DNA sample was obtained. For decades the dynasty of Kim family dictators has used military provocation to fend off external pressure.
Malaysia has also refused demands by the North Korean government for Kim Jong-nam’s body to be released, saying that the remains can only be handed over to the next-of-kin under local laws.
Nine Malaysians, three who are diplomats and the rest their family, have been stranded in Pyongyang for the past few weeks after North Korea barred them from leaving following the diplomatic spat over Mr Kim Jong-nam’s Feb 13 death on Malaysian soil.
North Korea has tested a powerful new rocket engine, state media said Sunday, with leader Kim Jong-Un hailing the successful test as a “new birth” for the nation’s rocket industry.
Kim Jong Nam was the eldest son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.
Police are trying to trace seven North Korean suspects, four of whom left Malaysia on the day of the murder.
There are four suspects at large, believed to be back in North Korea, and two people in custody regarding the case.
Malaysia responded with similar restrictions, but has begun deporting North Koreans here who overstayed the social passes or violated their working visas.
An Interpol Red Notice is the closest instrument to an global arrest warrant in use today.
The move is unlikely to result in arrests as North Korea is not a member of Interpol.
Kim Jong Un has said the country is close to a test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.