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Police cordon off an area with a tape outside North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. North Korea denied Thursday that its agents masterminded the assassination of the half brother of leader Kim Jong Un, saying a Malaysian investigation into the death of one of its nationals is full of "holes and contradictions." (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

A suspect in Kim Jong Nam's death said she was paid $90 to carry out 'TV prank'


UPDATE: Feb. 25 at 9:30a.m. | The Indonesian woman who is one of the suspects in the killing of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un’s half brother said she was paid $90 for what she believed was a prank, an Indonesian official said Saturday.

Malaysia plans to sweep one of the terminals at Kuala Lumpur international airport for toxic chemicals after Kim Jong Nam was murdered there with a nerve agent last week, the Malaysian police said in a statement on Saturday, according to the Associated Press.

A second suspect from Vietnam said she was also made to think she was playing a prank.

UPDATE: Feb. 23 at 8:49p.m. | The chemical substance used to kill Kim Jong Nam was a VX nerve agent, according to a preliminary report by the Chemistry Department of Malaysia. 

Nerve agents are highly poisonous chemicals that prevent the nervous system from working properly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. VX, the agency added, is considered the most toxic and rapidly acting of the known chemical warfare agents.

The case surrounding the death of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, went through yet another twist on Wednesday.

A break-in at a Malaysian morgue targeted Kim Jong Nam's body, The Guardian reports. Investigators identified the people involved in the break-in, but said there was "no need for me to tell" the press. 

Police say the woman accused of killing Kim Jong Un's half-brother was tricked

WATCH | Here's a refresher on the death at the heart of this story. Kim Jong Nam died last week. He suffered a seizure after complaining a woman sprayed chemicals in his face. 

An Indonesian woman detained after the attack said she was tricked into playing a role in his death, saying she was part of a TV prank. So far, she and three other people have been detained: a Vietnamese woman, a Malaysian man and a North Korean man. 

Two North Korean officials are also being sought: Hyon Kwang Song, who worked at the North Korean embassy in Malaysia, and Kim Uk Il, who worked for state airline Air Koryo.

This video may show the moment of the attack on Kim Jong Nam.

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WATCH | Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu Bakar refuted the woman's claim, saying the attackers were "trained."

The statement by the ambassador was totally uncalled for. It is considered diplomatically rude on his part.
Najib Razak, Malaysian Prime Minister

But the North Korean embassy has challenged the Malaysian account, saying the attackers could not have used poison, as they did not die. It also said Malaysia's demands for DNA to confirm the victim's identity demeaned national sovereignty, CNN reports. Malaysia recalled its ambassador to North Korea on Monday. 

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