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Malaysia IDs Kim Jong Nam's body with DNA sample from child

By Elizabeth Shim
Kim Jong Nam, the slain older half-brother of Kim Jong Un, was identified using a DNA sample, Malaysia’s deputy prime minister said Wednesday. File Photo by /Yonhap/EPA
Kim Jong Nam, the slain older half-brother of Kim Jong Un, was identified using a DNA sample, Malaysia’s deputy prime minister said Wednesday. File Photo by /Yonhap/EPA

March 15 (UPI) -- The DNA of a child of Kim Jong Nam was used to identify his body, and the Chinese government may have cooperated with Malaysian authorities by providing Kim's fingerprints in the weeks following his murder at an airport in Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said authorities were able to identify Kim's body last week after receiving a DNA sample from one of the slain man's children, CNN reported Wednesday.

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Malaysia did not state whether the sample was from Kim's oldest son, Kim Han Sol, who may have fled to an undisclosed location in the wake of the assassination.

Kim Han Sol appeared in a 40-second video last week in which he described his father's death as a "killing," although Pyongyang has repeatedly denied any involvement and said Kim Jong Nam, who was only identified as a North Korea "diplomat," had died of "natural causes."

Kim Jong Nam is the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Kim Jong Nam's fingerprints from a database in the Chinese territory of Macau were also provided to Malaysian authorities, The Star reported.

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A source told the Malaysian news service, "Confirmation through fingerprint database is part of the process in identifying the victim in the context of DNA."

"It can be accepted aside from testing the samples of the victim's tissue, hair and blood with that of his family members," the source said.

The source also said more than 29 police agents from China assisted with the identification of Jong Nam.

North Korea and Malaysia have been taking mutually retaliatory measures after tensions escalated following the assassination.

On Tuesday, Malaysia announced plans to deport North Koreans who were in the country on expired visas.

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