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Ri Tong-il, former North Korean deputy ambassador to the United Nations, speaks to reporters outside the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Feb. 28.
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Malaysia to Charge Women for Murder of Kim Jong-Nam

Malaysia’s attorney general said on Tuesday the two women accused of killing the half-brother of North Korea’s leader with a nerve agent in a Kuala Lumpur airport terminal will be charged with murder.
Police allege the women smeared VX nerve agent-a chemical on a UN list of weapons of mass destruction-on Kim’s face in an assault recorded on airport security cameras on February 13, Aljazeera reported.
Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali said Indonesian Siti Aisyah and Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong will be charged on Wednesday and would face a mandatory death sentence, if convicted.
Indonesia’s deputy ambassador to Malaysia, Andriano Erwin, said on Saturday that Aisyah said she was paid $90 and repeated her previous claim that she was duped into the plot, thinking she was taking part in a prank. Huong told Vietnamese officials a similar story.
Two other suspects have been arrested: a Malaysian who is out on bail and a North Korean who remains in custody.
Authorities are also seeking seven other North Korean suspects, four of whom fled the country the day of Kim’s death and are believed to be back in North Korea.
North Korea sent a high-level delegation to Malaysia to seek the return of the body.
The delegation includes Ri Tong-il, former North Korean deputy ambassador to the United Nations. He told reporters on Tuesday outside the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur that the diplomats were in Malaysia to seek the retrieval of the body and the release of the North Korean arrested in the case.
Ri said the delegation also seeks the “development of friendly relationships” between North Korea and Malaysia.
South Korean politicians said on Monday the country’s National Intelligence Service told them that four of the North Koreans identified as suspects are from the Ministry of State Security, the North’s spy agency.
Two other suspects are affiliated with Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry, one of the politicians alleged.

 

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