Published: Mon, March 13, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

It's confirmed! Kim Chol is Kim Jong Nam - IGP Khalid

It's confirmed! Kim Chol is Kim Jong Nam - IGP Khalid

In North Korea, Cheollima is used as a national symbol usually depicted or sculpted as a winged horse, symbolising strength, physical and of character, and speed.

His country is one of the few that have anything more than a basic diplomatic relationship with the rogue state - it personally passed messages to the U.S. from North Korea in 2009, according to leaked documents released by WikiLeaks.

He also warned Pyongyang not to abuse Malaysia's "hospitality".

"Behind it all, there's Kim Jong-un's desire to solidify his legitimacy as the leader", Japanese new outlets quoted Thae Yong-ho, previously minister at the North Korean Embassy in London, as having said in a meeting with Japanese correspondents in Seoul a day earlier.

Malaysia says Kim Jong Nam died after two women smeared his face with the banned VX nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur's airport on February 13, but North Korea - which is widely suspected to be behind the attack - rejects the findings.

-A man claiming to be the son of Kim Jong-nam, the recently slain half brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, has surfaced in a 39-second video posted on YouTube Thursday. "The whole of Malaysia is praying for them", Mr Najib said in a statement on Facebook.

In phone talks on Tuesday, Trump told Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, that the USA stood "100%" with Tokyo after three of the intermediate-range missiles landed in the sea off Japan's north-west coast.

"It's a sensitive matter", he told MPs "sometimes it's better done in secrecy to achieve the desired results".

Meanwhile, the Asian Football Confederation has postponed the Asia Cup qualifier between North Korean and Malaysia.

A video clip has since appeared showing Jong Nam's son Kim Han Sol identifying himself and speaking in English.

Relations between Malaysia and North Korea have deteriorated over the course of the investigation.

Abe said that Trump, who was diplomatically wrong-footed by a North Korean missile launch last month, had reaffirmed Washington's "unwavering" commitment to Japan's security.

Authorities later said the substance was VX nerve agent and that the two attackers were recruited by a team of North Koreans.

"Malaysia is extremely concerned about the safety of our officials" she says, "its top priority to get this situation sorted out".

In a blog posting, Najib said Malaysia would fall back on its experience dealing with crises such as the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia airlines flight MH370 where multiple countries were involved in the search.

"We have fulfilled the requirement of the laws on his identification", Abu Bakar said.

Asserting its options may well be what Pyongyang feels it's now doing: standing up to the new administration in Washington, flexing what muscle it has against its southern neighbour, and continuing to irritate its Chinese big brother next door.

South Korea and the United States are accusing Pyongyang of ordering the hit on Kim.

Of course, the North Koreans know an actual military confrontation would be end of the Kim dynasty, and the end of their country as an entity.

Najib said he spoke on the phone to Mohamad Nur Azrin, the counsellor at the Malaysian Embassy in North Korea, who told him that all Malaysians there are safe.

US President Donald Trump meets with parents and teachers at Saint Andrew Catholic School in Orlando, Florida. However, China is more interested in maintaining political stability in North Korea, a buffer zone, than in taking away (North Korean) nuclear weapons.

Add to that a ban on the export of any nuclear technology or material that could fall into radical hands.

A United Nations commission of inquiry, in a 2014 report issued after it conducted interviews and public hearings with defectors, cataloged massive violations in North Korea - including large prison camps, starvation and executions - that it said should be brought to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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