Chinese officials have confirmed the arrival of Kim Jong-nam’s body in Pyongyang.

North Korea has asked for the body of the half-brother of Kim Jong Un but it is yet to confirm its identity.

The release of the body is part of a mutual deal agreeing to allow nine Malaysians initially guarded from leaving North Korea return home.

Diplomatic ties between the two countries have been affected due to the murder of Mr Kim in Kuala Lumpur last month, causing citizens of both countries from leaving.

“The body of the DPRK citizen who died in Malaysia and relevant DPRK citizens have returned to the DPRK today via Beijing,” Spokesman of Chinese foreign ministry, Kang, said at a press briefing.

The killing was commonly believed to have been sponsored by North Korea with the involvement of a nerve agent in Kuala Lumpur’s airport.

Malaysia Chief police said the three North Koreans on the wanted list for inquiry have been given a leave from Malaysia.

“We have obtained whatever we wanted from them” and are “satisfied” with the statements, Khalid Abu Bakar remarked.

The refusal to release Mr Kim’s remains in the aftermath of the murder with an autopsy on Feb 13 infuriated Pyongyang.

But Malaysian authorities did otherwise with the claim that Mr Kim died in Malaysia hence, it owes the right to carry out the test before releasing him to his family.

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