Kim Jong Nam could be buried in Malaysia: Deputy Health Minister

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He told Japanese authorities at the time he wanted to visit Tokyo Disneyland.

Dr Subramaniam said the federal government will only decide on the next step if none of the family members turn up to collect the body of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's older half-brother, who has been kept in the Hospital Kuala Lumpur mortuary for almost a month.

The North Korean government has openly criticised the investigation, disputing the cause of death as nerve gas and whether the man killed was in fact Kim Jong-nam.

Pyongyang has also demanded the return of his body but Malaysian authorities have refused to release it without a DNA sample from next-of-kin. Instead, North Korea refers to him as Kim Chol, the name on the passport Kim was carrying when he was attacked in a crowded airport terminal. Two women - one Indonesian, one Vietnamese - have been charged with murder but say they were duped into thinking they were playing a harmless prank.

"This is a very sensitive, very high profile case", Hilmi said.

On March 7, North Korea prohibited Malaysians in that country from leaving and Malaysia also took similar action in terms of the North Koreans in this country.

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Meanwhile, the Malaysian health minister said Monday that Jong Nam's family has "two to three weeks" to claim his body, which has been kept at the Hospital Kuala Lumpur mortuary, The Star reported.

"We know that he has a wife and children".

A decision will be announced today whether North Koreans with expired work permits will be repatriated or prohibited from leaving the country, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

It has widely been speculated that Pyongyang may have ordered the assassination of Jong Nam, who was waiting to board a flight to Macau, where he had been living in exile. Three are said to be hiding in the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur. He added that they had been offered support from other foreign missions in Pyongyang, including the provision of supplies from outside North Korea.

Referring to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the deputy ambassador suggested that the case is "the product of reckless moves of the USA and South Korean authorities aimed to meet the unsafe political goal to tarnish the image of the dignified DPRK and bring down the social system in it".

A video clip has since appeared showing Jong Nam's son Kim Han Sol identifying himself and speaking in English.

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