USA and South Korean intelligence sources say North Korea masterminded the deadly attack on Kim Jong Nam last month using VX nerve agent, a chemical so toxic that it is on a United Nations list of weapons of mass destruction. However, The Associated Press reports that "a van was seen leaving the morgue where Kim's body was being held, after which police guards were removed".
The spokesman also addressed former Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who earlier this month said that North Korea should be re-listed as a state sponsor of terrorism, following the assassination of Kim's half-brother at a Malaysian airport.
He said that they took off at 7.45pm Malaysian time from the North Korean capital and are expected to arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 5am tomorrow.
Following negotiations that he described as "very sensitive", Prime Minister Najib Razak said Thursday that North Korea had allowed the nine Malaysians to leave, and that Malaysia had agreed to release Kim's remains to North Korea.
Analysts said the North Korean regime may use Kim's body as a "propaganda tool".
Malaysia has not directly blamed North Korea for the killing, but there is widespread suspicion Pyongyang was responsible. Ambassadors were expelled and each country barred citizens of the other from leaving.
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John McCain recently went on MSNBC and called Kim Jong Un a "crazy fat kid", and North Korea is taking it pretty well.
Malaysian police have been looking for three suspects including a diplomat believed to be hiding at the North Korean Embassy in Malaysia.
Malaysia performed an autopsy despite protests lodged by North Korea. They claim they were tricked into thinking it was a prank for a television show.
The public poisoning of Kim, which took place amid crowds of travellers in the budget terminal at Kuala Lumpur's airport on February 13, has prompted speculation that North Korea dispatched a hit squad to assassinate its leader's estranged older brother. Pyongyang continues to refer to him as Kim Chol, the name on the diplomatic passport Kim was carrying when he died.
North Korean officials have speculated that Kim died of a heart attack, despite Malaysia's evidence that he was killed by a chemical weapon.
Two other North Koreans, Hyon Kwang Song, second secretary at the Kuala Lumpur embassy, and Kim Uk Il, a staff member of North Korea's state airline Air Koryo, were also named as suspects. "In case a war breaks out on the Korean Peninsula, the US will be held wholly accountable for it, no matter who will launch a preemptive attack, as it is causing trouble by bringing lots of nuclear strategic assets and special warfare means", said the statement. North Korea then blocked Malaysians from leaving the country until a "fair settlement" of the case is reached.