Malaysia says found out murdered Kim Jong Nam's identity from son's DNA

"We have obtained a red notice against them and we are hoping to get them via Interpol".

"(The DNA) is taken from his (Jong-Nam) son who is overseas, I can not reveal the place but our authorities went there.

Malaysia has not initiated formal negotiations with North Korea over the release of nine Malaysians now stranded in the reclusive nation after Pyongyang barred the South-east Asian nation's citizens from leaving following a fallout over the killing of Kim Jong-nam.

It is not clear where Kim's wife and children are, although his son appeared in a video last week and said the family were together.

Thae Yong-ho, a former North Korean diplomat who defected to Seoul a year ago, said that a set of global sanctions put a severe strain on Kim Jong-un's policy enforcement, including the construction of Ryomyong Street.

Meanwhile, a Malaysian police source and a local newspaper said Wednesday that police used jewellery worn by the victim as secondary evidence to identify the dead man. North Korea has fiercely denied that accusation.

The heightened diplomatic tension between North Korea and Malaysia has spilled over to a sports event, with the Asian Football Confederation announcing last Friday the postponement of the 2019 Asian Cup final round qualifier between North Korea and Malaysia scheduled for March 28 in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital.

While Malaysia has not blamed North Korea, there is widespread suspicion that Pyongyang, the country's capital, was responsible.

The four issued with red notices are Ri Jae Nam, O Jong Gil, Hong Song Hak and Ri Ji Hyon, four of seven North Koreans that have so far been linked to the murder.

According to Interpol, a "red notice" seeks the location and arrest of wanted persons with a view to extradition or similar lawful action.

Khalid, however, declined to elaborate on the Jong-nam case as it was still ongoing.

"We will leave it to the Health Ministry as well as the Foreign Ministry to deal with the body".

Rising tensions between the two nations have seen both banning the other's citizens from leaving their country. Bakar has said he has reason to believe the three are hiding in the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

  • Elsie Buchanan