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Kim Jong-Nam’s Body Arrives North Korea

The body of Kim Jong-Nam, half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, has arrived in Pyongyang, Chinese officials confirmed Friday.

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

“According to international practices, and also out of humanitarianism, China offered necessary assistance to the transit of the body,” he added.

 Kim Jong-Nam was killed with the lethal nerve agent VX on February 13 in a Kuala Lumpur airport, in a brutally clinical operation which removed a potential claimant to the Kim throne — he was late leader Kim Jong-Il’s first-born — who was an embarrassment to Pyongyang.

The murder triggered a diplomatic row between Malaysia and North Korea, which expelled each other’s ambassadors and barred their citizens from leaving.

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