PM Najib refuses North Korea’s demand for joint investigation into Jong-num’s murder

 |Feb 20, 2017
PM Najib (pic) turned down the demand from North Korea for a joint investion over the assisanation of Kim Jong-num and North Korean ambassador to Malaysia, Kang Chol (pic right) accused Malaysia of was trying to hide something and conspire with ill-disposed forces against North Korea.
PM Najib (pic) turned down the demand from North Korea for a joint investigation over the assassination of Kim Jong-num and North Korean ambassador to Malaysia, Kang Chol (pic right) accused Malaysia of was trying to hide something and conspire with ill-disposed forces against North Korea.

Prime Minister Najib Razak has turned down the demand from North Korea for a joint investigation to be carried out into the assassination of the country leader’s half-brother Kim Jong-num.

Najib also brushed aside its ambassador’s allegation that it had lost trust in Malaysia’s investigation into the murder and said Malaysian police and doctors are very professional.

“I have absolute confidence that our police and doctors are very objective in whatever they do.

“We have no reason why we would want to do something that will tarnish the image of North Koreans.

“North Koreans should understand that we apply the rule of law in Malaysia and would be objective,” he told reporters here after officiating the International Conference on Religion and Civilisation Sustainability in Kuala Lumpur today.

This is the first statement made by Najib on the killing of Jong-nam, who was believed to have been poisoned by two women at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb 13.

North Korean ambassador to Malaysia Kang Chol, at a press conference today, said a joint investigation on the case should be conducted, as it can no longer trust the police.

Kang Chol was also reported saying he had demanded the release of the body without delay and claimed the embassy’s request was rejected despite submitting official documents to the Foreign Ministry.

The Ambassador even suggested that Malaysia was trying to hide something and conspire with ill-disposed forces against North Korea.

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