DPRK Ambassador to Malaysia Kang Chol addresses the media outside Kuala Lumpur Hospital where the body of Kim Jong-Nam is being kept. Photo: Xinhua
North Korea’s ambassador to Malaysia said this Friday night his government would reject autopsy results on a dead North Korean man (believed to be Kim Jong Nam), because the Malaysian government performed the autopsy on him without their permission.
Ambassador Kang Chol told the media Friday night that the North Korean government had denied Malaysian government’s demand to do the autopsy, because the dead man was holding a diplomatic passport and was entitled to consular protection, the Xinhua News Agency reported Saturday.
He noted that Malaysia has forced the autopsy with no North Korean official on the spot, and that “we will be determined to reject the autopsy results reached by Malaysia on an one-sided basis.”
Later, the diplomat showed the media a written statement, indicating that the Malaysian government had promised to return the remains of the deceased after the autopsy if his government submitted an application accordingly, although the demand of the North Korean government had not been met by that time.
Meanwhile, Kang Chol accused that South Korea has been using the death to smear his country’s image and hoped the Malaysian government would not be entangled into the conspiracy of “hostile forces” by handing the dead body and autopsy results to his government as soon as possible.
The North Korean diplomat did not reveal the identity of the dead man.
The Royal Malaysia Police said in a statement that a North Korean man who sought medical assistance at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 customer service counter on Monday was identified as Kim Chol, according to Bernama, Malaysian National News Agency.