Malaysian assassination victim's identity confirmed by DNA

The son of Kim Jong Nam (inset) has provided DNA proving that the assassination victim at Kuala Lumpur airport is Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean dear leader Kim Jong Un (Reuters photo)

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian police have confirmed that a man murdered last month in Kuala Lumpur International Airport is the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, based on DNA samples obtained from his child, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Wednesday.

Last Friday, police said they had established conclusively the dead man was 45-year-old Kim Jong Nam, but did not reveal how they confirmed the man's identity, citing "security" reasons.

North Korea has insisted that the man was Kim Chol, the name in the North Korean diplomatic passport he was travelling on.

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