In sign of growing discord with North Korea, Malaysia recalls ambassador

The KCNA report accused Malaysia of breaking worldwide law by conducting autopsies on a person bearing a diplomatic passport.

A day later, ambassador of North Korea to Malaysia Kang Chol called for a joint Pyongyang-Kuala Lumpur investigation into the murder of Kim Jong Nam, however, on Wednesday, Malaysian police said Kuala Lumpur opposed a joint investigation and called on Pyongyang to transfer four suspects in Kim's killing.

It was reported that Jong-nam was at the KL International Airport 2 (klia2) Feb 13 to board a flight to Macau when a woman suddenly covered his face with a cloth laced with what is believed to be poison.

Malaysia has cited the need to carry out an investigation as Mr Kim died on their soil. More video shows Kim, a long-estranged half-brother of North Korea's ruler, walking up to airport workers and security officials, gesturing at his eyes and seemingly asking for help.

Several North Koreans, including a senior embassy official, are wanted in connection with his death.

However, the North Korean embassy in Malaysia said today that the two women and another man already detained over the killing should be immediately released.

The footage then shows Jong-nam, 46, speaking to authorities, gesturing to his face.

But the tensions with Malaysia may further isolate North Korea. The two women were arrested days after Kim's death and told the police they thought the attack was a part of a "comedy prank".

The three are a Vietnamese woman, an Indonesian woman, and a North Korean citizen.

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Earlier on Monday, Malaysia said it had recalled its envoy from Pyongyang and summoned North Korea's ambassador in Kuala Lumpur, who again cast doubt on the impartiality of Malaysia's investigation into the murder and said the victim was not Kim Jong Nam.

Malaysian authorities said Tuesday that Kim did not suffer a heart attack and had no puncture wounds, such as those a needle would have left, but they were still awaiting lab reports. Khalid rejected that claim, saying, "This is not just like shooting a movie".

Media chases a auto which came out from North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Feb. 22, 2017.

On Wednesday, Bakar confirmed that someone had attempted to break into the morgue where Kim Jong Nam's body is being stored, but would not confirm if the perpetrators were North Korean.

"In all civilized nations, it is the norm for cases such as these to be comprehensively investigated", Anifah said.

But South Korea "kicked up a fuss" and plotted to have Pyongyang blamed for the killing, the report said. The lady was moving away with her hands towards the bathroom.

Around 50 supporters of various Barisan Nasional (BN) Youth groups held a rally near the North Korean embassy here, urging that Malaysia withdraw from its visa-free agreement with the country.

"At the moment, we do not have anyone claiming to be the next-of-kin; we are still waiting for them", he said.

Intelligence and global media reports claimed that the North Korean official was allegedly strafed by anti-aircraft gunfire while an audience of hundreds watched.


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