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Malaysia cooperating with North Korea on Kim Jong Nam's body

Kuala Lumpur is seeking the release of nine Malaysian nationals.

By Elizabeth Shim
Malaysia cooperating with North Korea on Kim Jong Nam's body
The body of the older half-brother of Kim Jong Un, Kim Jong Nam, has been moved out of a hospital morgue in Malaysia, eyewitnesses say. File Photo by Yonhap/EPA

March 27 (UPI) -- The body of the assassinated Kim Jong Nam has been taken out of a morgue in Malaysia and is to be delivered to Pyongyang.

Malaysia's China Press reported Monday the body of the older half-brother of Kim Jong Un was moved out of a morgue at a Kuala Lumpur hospital and may have been placed in a crematorium.

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According to eyewitnesses who spoke anonymously, police were lined outside and inside the hospital's morgue on Sunday, in preparation for the move.

A funeral car was parked outside the building for about half an hour, and guards carefully moved the body under supervision, according to the report.

Kim Jong Nam's body may have been relocated to Cheras Crematorium.

He died in an attack at a Malaysian airport, likely after being exposed to a deadly VX nerve agent.

On Monday, Malaysia and North Korea officials may have met at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported.

Malaysia police may have listened to the testimony of three North Korea suspects on site.

China Press reported the three suspects were allowed to leave the country.

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Malaysia may be cooperating on the return of Kim Jong Nam's body, and on the release of suspects, because it is seeking the release of nine Malaysian nationals who are banned from leaving North Korea, according to the Asahi.

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