March 30, 2017 10:10
Malaysian police are investigating firms suspected of violating UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea amid a spat over the assassination of Kim Jong-nam at Kuala Lumpur International Airport last month, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
One is Malaysia Korea Partners Holdings, which is run jointly by Malaysian businessman Yong Kok Yeap and a North Korean named Han Hun-il, also known as Edward Han, according to the daily.
The Malaysian Sin Chew Daily said Han at one stage bankrolled Kim Jong-nam, who was North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's estranged half-brother.
Malaysia and North Korea remain at loggerheads over the handling of Kim's body and Malaysian diplomats and their families who are effectively being held hostage in Pyongyang. It is unclear whether the latest investigation arises from closed-door talks between the two countries.
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