Malaysian authorities had gone abroad to collect a DNA sample from Kim Jong-nam's son in order to identify his remains, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said.
However, Zahid declined to reveal where the sample was taken.
“I cannot reveal. Our authorities went there to collect (the sample). I cannot reveal the details. What is important is that we obtained the sample.
“I wish to reconfirm that the DNA was taken and brought back to Malaysia. A comparison was done and it was confirmed that the body was that of Jong-nam,” he told reporters in Parliament.
This morning, deputy inspector-general of police Noor Rashid Ibrahim said Jong-nam's family had agreed to let the Malaysian government handle the remains.
Quizzed on this, Zahid said the North Korean embassy cannot request for the remains to be sent back to Pyongyang, unless the family agrees.
Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, died on Feb 13 after he was smeared with VX nerve agent at KL International Airport 2 (KLIA2).
Two women, an Indonesian and a Vietnamese national, have been charged with the murder.
The incident sparked off a diplomatic row between Pyongyang and Putrajaya, which led to a travel ban being imposed on Malaysians in North Korea.- Mkini