21 March, 2017
Diplomatic ties between the two countries have soured following the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) on Feb 13.
"We've given them until April 14 to come back to us with the neutral venue, in the event that the diplomatic situation (between North Korea and Malaysia) is not solved", said John in a press conference at the AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, on Wednesday.
Health officials told the AP that Kim's relatives would have a few weeks to retrieve the body.
Kim Jong Nam, who had been living in the Chinese territory of Macau under Beijing's protection, had spoken out publicly against his family's dynastic control of the isolated, nuclear-armed North Korea. "This is based on a sample taken from his son", Datuk Seri Zahid told reporters. Pyongyang is suspected of masterminding the assassination, but North Korea has so far angrily denied such claims, even disputing the identity of the victim, saying he probably died of a heart attack.
Despite a retaliatory ban on some 1,000 North Koreans leaving Malaysia, Hamidi also said that 50 illegal North Korean workers are being deported. Last Tuesday, North Korea blocked all Malaysians from leaving the country until a "fair settlement" of the case is reached.
"I want to officially confirm it again that the body is Jong-nam's", he reiterated.More news: George Osborne's Evening Standard job triggers review into MPs' second jobs
Soon after Kim was fatally poisoned at the airport, Chang and O departed Kuala Lumpur by air and made it back to Pyongyang by February 17. On Monday, they began to discuss the return of Malaysians from North Korea.
Zahid said on Tuesday Kim's body, which is now kept in a morgue in the Malaysian capital, has been embalmed to prevent it from decomposing.
The two countries have also scrapped visa-free travel for each other's citizens. "The United States and the South Korean authorities are groundlessly blaming the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea]".
The workers were employed in mines and construction sites in the state.
The attack was caught on surveillance video that shows two women going up to Kim and apparently smearing something on his face.