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Malaysia confirmed Kim Jong Nam's identity with child's DNA

Malaysia confirmed Kim Jong Nam's identity with child's DNAMalaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said police were able to confirm the identity of Kim Jong Nam, who was killed last month at Kuala Lumpur's airport, using a DNA sample from one of his children, Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

Zahid also said negotiations began Monday to resolve a diplomatic standoff over the death of Kim, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader.

Malaysian authorities say Kim was killed February 13 when two women smeared his face with the banned nerve agent VX in a crowded airport terminal. He was carrying a passport bearing the name Kim Chol. Police said last week they had confirmed the victim was Kim Jong Nam but refused to say how.

North Korea — widely suspected of being behind the attack — continues to call the victim Kim Chol and has rejected the autopsy findings.

Zahid said police "confirmed that the identity of the body is Kim Jong Nam based on the sample taken from his child." He didn't say when and where the DNA sample was taken.

Kim is believed to have two sons and a daughter with two women living in Beijing and Macau, but it is unclear where they currently are. A man claiming to be Kim's son appeared in a YouTube video last week saying he's safe with his mother and sister at an undisclosed location.

Malaysian officials say Kim's body has been embalmed to better preserve it and that Kim's relatives will be given two to three weeks to claim it.

Although Malaysia has never directly accused North Korea of being behind the attack, many speculate that it must have orchestrated it.

Experts say the VX nerve agent used to kill Kim was almost certainly produced in a sophisticated state weapons laboratory, and North Korea is widely believed to possess large quantities of chemical weapons.
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