Malaysia has called upon North Korea to assist it locate an embassy official who has been named in the drama surrounding the murder of Kim Jong-nam.
Mr Kim, a half brother to North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, was assassinated last week at Kuala Lumpur airport.
Police investigations into the matter has led them to believe that two women approached the deceased from the back where the either sprayed or held toxic substance onto his nose.
Many speculate that North Korea may have had a hand in the assassination, but the country’s envoy in Malaysia have vehemently denied.
Three suspects, one man and two women have been arrested in connection to the matter but Malaysian Police Chief Khalid Abu Bakar announced at a press conference that they are in search of three other North Korean suspects.
One of the three suspects sought is Hyon Kwang Song, the second secretary of the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
According to the police chief, they have sought permission from North Korean ambassador to Malaysia, requesting that he allows Mr Hyon and other suspects be interviewed.
Khalid Abu Bakar said that if the ambassador appears unwilling to cooperate, they will be forced to “compel the suspects” to come out.
The morgue in which Mr Kim’s body is being kept was reportedly a target of a break in at the start of this week. The police have increased security in the area.
While speak to Malay Mail, the police said that they were aware that such attempts would be made and thus have taken precautions.
Was Kim assassinated using poison?
A leaked video of the incident shows a man resembling Mr Kim being approached by one woman at Kuala Lumpur airport, before another woman lunges from behind and grabs his face.
According to police reports, the suspected women wiped a toxic substance on the deceased face which made him fall short of breathe.
According to Indonesian authorities, Siti Aisyah assumed she was playing a role in a TV prank, an argument that the Malaysian officials dispute. They say that the women were aware the substance is toxic and thus cleaned their hands after touching it.
Mr Khalid explained that the women had been put through detailed training in several Kuala Lumpur shopping centres.
The post-mortem results are yet to be released to the police who are at the moment seeking family’s DNA samples.
North Korea has been vocal that the body of its leader’s brother has to be taken back to the country and do not agree to the autopsy being done in Malaysia.
But Malaysia has insisted it will conduct the investigation considering Kim died on its soil.