DNA Test Confirmed Identity of Kim Jong-nam

  • By O Youn-hee

    March 16, 2017 12:24

    Malaysian authorities have verified with a DNA sample that the man who was assassinated at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb. 13 was Kim Jong-nam.

    Investigators "confirmed the identity of the body as Kim Jong-nam based on the sample obtained from his child," Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced. He did not specify which of Kim's children.


    Kim's first wife Shin Jong-hui and his son Kum-sol live in Beijing and his second wife Ri Hye-kyong, his son Han-sol, and his daughter Sol-hui have fled their home in Macau for an unspecified location.

    In a press conference on March 10, Malaysian police said they had already identified the body, raising the possibility that Kim's family secretly delivered a DNA sample.

    His jewelry, including a gold pendant he wore around the neck, was also used to identify him, the New Straits Times reported. It is engraved with the faces of his wife and one of his sons.

    Meanwhile, the Asahi Shimbun on Wednesday said five North Korean agents fled to Pyongyang after the hit, not four as previously reported. The fifth, identified as Chang Nam-un by his passport, is said to be in his early 30s and was with the four others, a source told the daily.

    Chang arrived in Kuala Lumpur from Pyongyang on Feb. 7 on the same flight as O Jong-gil, one of the four suspects who is presumed to be the leader of the hit squad.

    Right after the Feb. 13 assassination, Chang and O returned to Pyongyang on the same flights via a couple of countries.

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