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DPRK ambassador denies identifying deceased DPRK man as Kim Jong Nam
   2017-02-20 18:28:45    Xinhua      Web Editor: Zhang Jin

Kang Chol, the ambassador of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to Malaysia, speaks to media during a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Feb. 20, 2017. Kang Chol on Monday denied telling Malaysian authorities that a DPRK diplomatic passport holder, who died at Kuala Lumpur last week, was Kim Jong Nam, the elder half-brother of DPRK top leader Kim Jong Un. [Photo: Xinhua]

The ambassador of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to Malaysia on Monday denied telling Malaysian authorities that a DPRK diplomatic passport holder, who died at Kuala Lumpur last week, was Kim Jong Nam, the elder half-brother of DPRK top leader Kim Jong Un.

At a news conference in the front of the DPRK embassy, Kang Chol, the ambassador, said an official document has been submitted to the Malaysian side, pointing out that "we did not know any other name except Kim Chol as written in the passport" of the deceased.

The DPRK embassy called the press conference after Kang was summoned in the morning by the Malaysian Foreign Ministry. The Malaysian Foreign Ministry defended its investigation on the deceased man, saying in a statement that the investigation has been conducted in a manner prescribed by Malaysian law.

Malaysia has also recalled its ambassador in Pyongyang for consultation.

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said on Thursday that the deceased DPRK man was Kim Jong Nam. At a press conference, when asked if the man was confirmed to be Kim Jong Nam, Zahid replied, "yes, certainly yes."

He said he was briefed by the police that the DPRK embassy had confirmed Kim's identity.

Malaysian police had earlier also identified the deceased man as Kim Chol, according to his passport.

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