Suspects of the deadly poisoning in Malaysia of Kim Jong Nam an exiled member of the ruling family in North Korea were instructed to smear their hands with a “toxic product and then rub them over the face of the victim”, Malaysian police said on Wednesday.
But the North Korean embassy in Malaysia on Wednesday ridiculed the police version of the death of Kim Jong Nam and demanded the immediate release of the two “innocent women”, claiming that it is not possible to be poisoned by rubbing hands on a person that have toxic compounds on them.
The statement from the delegation of Pyongyang asked: “How is it possible that these suspects can remain alive?”. According to the investigation, the women – one Indonesian and the other Vietnamese – washed their hands shortly after the incident.
Police inspector general Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters earlier that authorities were searching for two new North Korean suspects, including the second secretary of the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur and an employee of North Korean state airline Air Koryo .
“We hope the Korean embassy cooperates with us, allows us to interview them quickly,” he said. “If not, we will have to force them to come to us.”
North Korean suspects, he said, placed a toxic liquid on the hands of the two women who later scrubbed it on the face of Kim Jong Nam. The deceased, brother of the North Korean leader’s father. The substance used remains unknown, but it was powerful enough to kill Kim before he could reach a hospital.
The women knew they were handling poisonous materials in the attack and were instructed to wash their hands, Khalid said. Security footage shows how the two are moving away from Kim with their hands out of their body.
The chief of police could not confirm that the North Korean government was behind the event, but added that “what is clear is that those involved are North Koreans.”
Police have already arrested four people in connection with the attack: a Malaysian, a North Korean and the two women, who are Indonesian and Vietnamese.
At least one of the women said that she was deceived and believed she was participating in participating in a television jokes program. Khalid rejected that argument, stating that “this is not like shooting a movie.”
Police are searching for seven other North Koreans suspected of involvement in the attack, including the two announced Wednesday. The embassy employee and the airline worker are believed to be among three North Korean fugitives in Malaysia.
The other four North Koreans are believed to have fled Kuala Lumpur shortly after the attack. Authorities believe they are back in Pyongyang and that they are the ones who provided the toxin, Khalid said.