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    People watch a TV screen broadcasting a news report on the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, the older half brother of the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, February 14, 2017.

    Released N Korean Suspected of Kim Jong Nam’s Murder Claims Innocence

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    North Korean citizen Ri Jong Chol, arrested last month in Malaysia over suspicion about his ties to the alleged murder of Kim Jong Nam, estranged half-brother of the country's leader Kim Jong Un, said Saturday he was in no way connected to the death of Kim, according to Japanese media.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Ri, released and deported, told journalists in Beijing that Malaysian police tried to make him admit that he had been involved in Kim's death, Kyodo news agency reported.

    Ri reportedly said that he was not even at the airport where Kim died on that day and called the police investigation an attempt to damage North Korea's reputation.

    On February 13, a North Korean national, traveling under the name of Kim Chol, was allegedly killed by two women using a poisonous substance at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. According to media reports, it was Kim Jong Nam.

    Malaysian police found that Kim was killed by VX nerve agent, listed as a chemical weapon by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations. Following the alleged murder, Malaysian police detained three suspects, including Ri Jong Chol. However, no proof of Pyongyang’s connection to the murder of Kim has been found yet.

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