IGP: No cooperation from North Korea, embassy yet
KUALA LUMPUR: The police have yet to receive any information from North Korea or its embassy here on the seven people sought over the murder of Kim Jongnam, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said yesterday.
He said the North Korean embassy had not extended the cooperation requested by the police to facilitate investigation into the killing of Jongnam, the estranged elder halfbrother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
“They have not extended any form of cooperation. We will let you know the next course of police action if they still do not want to cooperate,” he said.
Khalid had said on Feb 22 that the police would seek the cooperation of the North Korean authorities to hand over four North Korean men, who returned to North Korea from Malaysia on the day of Jongnam’s murder to help in the probe into the killing.
He said the North Korean authorities should extend cooperation and allow the police to question all suspects so that the case can be completed.
The four North Korean men said to have returned to Pyongyang are Ri Ji-hyon, 33, Hong Song-hac, 34, O Jong-gil, 55, and Ri Jae-nam, 57.
The police are also seeking the second secretary at the North Korean embassy identified as Hyon Kwang-song, 44, North Korea’s Air Koryo airline employee Kim Uk-il, 37, and another person identified as Ri Ji-u, 30, or better known as James.
Asked about the arrival of a North Korean senior official to discuss matters related to the murder, Khalid said there was no necessity for the official to meet the police but perhaps with Wisma Putra.
North Korea’s former ambassador to the United Nations, Ri Tong-il, arrived at the embassy and declared that he would be the official spokesperson in matters related to the murder.
Jong-nam was at klia2 at 8am on Feb 13 to board a flight to Macau an hour later when two women approached him, wiping his face with the palms of their hands which contained what was later identified as the VX nerve agent.
Jong-nam reportedly sought help at a customer service counter at the airport and was rushed to the Putrajaya Hospital but died on the way. He had come to Malaysia on Feb 6.