North Korea says will reject Malaysian post-mortem of Kim Jong Nam
North Korea said it would "categorically reject" Malaysia's autopsy report on the death of the man identified by Malaysian authorities as the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Reuters reported.
Kim Jong Nam died in Kuala Lumpur this week after being assaulted at Kuala Lumpur International Airport with what was thought to be a fast-acting poison. South Korean and U.S. officials have said he was assassinated by North Korean agents.
In its first comments since the man's death, the North Korean envoy, Kang Chol, demanded that his body be released immediately.
"The Malaysian side forced the post-mortem without our permission and witnessing," Kang told reporters outside the hospital late on Friday. "We will categorically reject the result of the post mortem ... "
He also accused Malaysia of "concealing something" and "colluding with outside forces." His statement made no reference to the identity of the man.
The Malaysian foreign ministry had no immediate comment on the ambassador's remarks. But the country's top cop said Malaysian rules must be followed.
"We have rules in Malaysia. Whilst in Malaysia, everyone has to obey and follow our rules and regulations," Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar told Reuters. "That includes North Korea."
The North Korean embassy officially requested on Thursday, that the body of Kim Jong Nam be released. It had earlier tried to persuade Malaysian authorities not to carry out an autopsy.
Malaysian police said on Friday it would not release the body until it receives DNA samples from his next-of-kin.
Malaysia is one of the few countries that North Korea has diplomatic relations with.