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Malaysia said on Saturday (February 25) it will compel a North Korean diplomat wanted for questioning over the murder of Kim Jong Nam to come forward if he doesn't voluntarily cooperate with the police.
"Reasonable" time will be given for the diplomat to come forward before police take further action, said Abdul Samah Mat, the police chief for Selangor state.
On Wednesday, Malaysia said 44-year-old Hyon Kwang Song, a second secretary at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, was wanted for questioning over the death of the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Samah said if the person concerned did not cooperate the police would issue a notice under Malaysian law, "compelling" them to appear before the investigation team.
"The person that we want them to appear has not come to our investigation team yet so we will give some reasonable time as IGP has mentioned if upon giving this reasonable time not being responded positively, so we will compel for the person ok, so we just wait for a little time to do that," he said.
Eight North Koreans are wanted in connection with the case, including the diplomat. One has been detained by the Malaysian police, four are believed to have fled to North Korea, while two others are still in Malaysia.
Kim Jong Nam was murdered on Feb. 13 at the Kuala Lumpur international airport by VX nerve agent, classified by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction, Malaysian police said on Friday (February 24).
Two women - one Indonesian and one Vietnamese - have also been detained. Police had said on Friday that one of them had suffered from the effects of VX and had been vomiting.