North Korea also released a statement which said both countries managed to "resolve issues arising from the death of a DPRK national" in Malaysia at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur. North Korea is demanding Kim's body and the three remaining suspects inside its embassy be returned to Pyongyang in exchange for an end to the travel ban on Malaysians, a diplomatic source said.
Malaysia has chose to allow Pyongyang to have custody of the body of Kim Jong Nam, the murdered estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced Thursday, declaring an end to a bilateral crisis lasting more than a month. North Koreans in Kuala Lumpur will also be allowed to go home.
Najib said an autopsy had been completed and the victim's family has formally asked that the body be returned to North Korea.
Najib said North Koreans living in Malaysia are allowed to leave the country. Malaysian authorities later stated that Kim was poisoned with the nerve agent VX, an extremely powerful chemical weapon that would suggest the involvement of a state actor.
The body of the assassinated half-brother of North Korea's leader will be sent to Pyongyang and nine Malaysians freed under a joint agreement announced Thursday, ending a bitter feud between the two countries.
North Korea has insisted that Kim died of a heart attack and demanded the release of his remains.
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Kim, who was in his mid-40s and had lived overseas for years, was estranged from his younger brother, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
"Our police investigation into this serious crime on Malaysian soil will continue", Razak added.
"I have instructed for all possible measures to be taken to bring those responsible for this murder to justice", Najib added. There were no details on what led to the breakthrough, but North Korea appeared to win some important concessions: custody of the body and the release of at least two suspects who had been holed up in its embassy in Kuala Lumpur. Pyongyang continued to refer to him as Kim Chol, the name on the diplomatic passport Kim was carrying when he died.
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.
It was not immediately clear if the suspects were also allowed to leave Malaysia, although some local media reported that they were taking the same flight to Beijing.
An Indonesian woman and a Vietnamese woman have been charged. "In case a war breaks out on the Korean Peninsula, the USA 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.