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Malaysian police have also obtained an Interpol red notice for the arrest of four North Koreans believed to be involved in the killing of Mr Kim Jong-nam, said Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar. He didn't say when and where the DNA sample was taken.

The Malaysian authorities have charged an Indonesian woman and a Vietnamese woman with the murder, and are looking for seven North Koreans to question over the case.

North Korea strongly denied any role in the killing and has demanded that Malaysia turn over Kim's body.

Earlier today, deputy police chief Noor Rashid Ibrahim said that after positive DNA confirmation was obtained, the family of Jong-nam has chose to leave it to Putrajaya to handle Jong-nam's body.

"We have obtained a red notice against them and we are hoping to get them via Interpol".

The North Korean leader said, "Only 30 days are left before the Day of the Sun", the KCNA reported, referring to the birthday of the late founder.

In a separate development, Prime Minister Najib Razak said Malaysia has not started formal negotiations with North Korea over the release of nine Malaysians stranded in Pyongyang.

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Zahid also said that the DNA confirmation was obtained after Malaysian authorities went overseas to an undisclosed location, to get the DNA samples from Jong-nam's son. We can not just simply make a decision.

In what may be the first comments by the family since Kim's death, a young man identifying himself as Han-Sol appeared in a video that circulated last week.

A red notice is nearly like an worldwide arrest warrant, but it is yet to see whether the four would be arrested as North Korea is not a member of Interpol.

But internationally-isolated North Korea is not a member of Interpol - a distinction it shares with just nine other countries, majority tiny Pacific island nations.

Seoul's unification ministry earlier said North Korea's "show-off" project targets the privileged class in Pyongyang, not ordinary North Koreans. The claim was later verified by South Korea's intelligence agency.

This diplomatic row culminated in both countries issuing dual travel bans - Malaysians were prohibited from leaving North Korea and North Koreans couldn't travel out of Malaysia.

  • Sonia Alvarado