Even the U.S. government sources believe that the insecure North Korean dictator could be behind the attack.
Police were searching for clues in the closed circuit television footage from the airport, said Selangor police chief Abdul Samah Mat.
China fears instability at its shared border with North Korea.
The South's government said it would "thoroughly check" the North's current situation and "seek for thorough measures" in considering every possibility including a North Korean provocation at the NSC meeting. Many media outlets wrongly killed-spy-chief-says-1487167287">reported that he was fed to hungry dogs, as punishment for his "betrayal" of the ruling family.
Four vehicles from the North Korean Embassy in Malaysia were seen leaving the premises at 8pm. However, National Intelligence Service (NIS) soon appeared to backtrack from the report, saying that Hyon might still be alive. He had also once told a Japanese TV station that he was personally opposed to a third generation of Kims ruling North Korea.
North Korean defector and well-known dissident Park Sang-hak was also targeted by a Pyongyang-linked hitman. In 2011, South Korean broadcaster KBS captured Kim Jong Chol enjoying an Eric Clapton concert in Singapore.
Beyond their frequent "on the spot guidance" trips and attendance at official events, details of the actual lives of North Korea's leaders are generally scant.
South Korea confirmed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, died Monday in Malaysia of an apparent poison attack. "We do not have any other details of this Korean man".
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The agency quoted a Seoul government source as saying Kim Jong-Nam was killed on Monday.
North Korean officials have objected to an autopsy on the estranged half-brother of leader Kim Jong Un, and asked to immediately retrieve the body, Malaysian government sources said on Wednesday. He reportedly lived for a period in Macau, a Chinese region.
Motive in the regime's actions?
Earlier, Malaysia state news agency Bernama reported that a woman from Myanmar was detained at the airport. He died on his way to the hospital.
Kim's case would mark the most high-profile death under the Kim Jong-un regime since the execution of Jang Song-thaek in December 2013, the once-powerful uncle of the current leader.
He was courageous: He said publicly that he opposed his younger half-brother, Kim Jong-un's ascension to supreme rule in North Korea. It indicates Kim Jong Nam had followers and his brother "felt insecure about it", he said. Malaysian authorities have not identified the suspected assassin, but have started an investigation.
- 1997 - Lee Han-young, a North Korean defector, was shot and killed in South Korea by two assailants who were never caught but were suspected to be North Korean agents.