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Body of DPRK citizen killed in Malaysia returned home

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The DPRK citizen with passport name of Kim Chol was assassinated in Malaysia (Photo: Telegraph)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – Chinese and Malaysia authorities said on March 31 that the body of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) citizen with passport name of Kim Chol, who was assassinated in Malaysia, and related persons arrived in their home country from Kuala Lumpur via Beijing.

China offered necessary assistance to the transit of the body, said Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Lu Kang, adding that it was a humanitarian act and in line with international practice. 

There were tensions in relations between Malaysia and the DPRK after the assassination of the DPRK citizen on February 12 in Malaysia. 

Malaysia believed the man died of poisoning while the DPRK affirmed he died of a heart attack, diabetes and high blood pressure. The DPRK has many times accused Malaysia of issuing inimical conclusions and confirmed it does not accept Kuala Lumpur’s investigation results.

They also expelled each other's ambassadors and barred their citizens from leaving since early March.

However, according to a deal reached by the sides on March 30, Malaysia agreed to transfer the body of the deceased to his family after the DPRK produced all the required documents. Meanwhile, nine Malaysian citizens held in Pyongyang returned to Malaysia on March 31.-VNA

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