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Malaysian police formally ID Kim Jong Nam in airport attack

  • Malaysian police officers stand guard outside the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday, March 10, 2017. In front of the embassy, Malaysians were protesting the rising tensions between Malaysia and North Korea following the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb. 13, 2017.  (AP Photo/Daniel Chan)

    Malaysian police officers stand guard outside the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday, March 10, 2017. In front of the embassy, Malaysians were protesting the rising tensions between Malaysia and North Korea following the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Daniel Chan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Malaysia's Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar speaks during an event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, March 10, 2017. Khalid told media the police have formally identified Kim Jong Nam as the victim of a fatal nerve agent attack at Kuala Lumpur's airport. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

    Malaysia's Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar speaks during an event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, March 10, 2017. Khalid told media the police have formally identified Kim Jong Nam as the victim of a fatal nerve agent attack at Kuala Lumpur's airport. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)  (The Associated Press)

  • Malaysians protest outside the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Friday, March 10, 2017. They were protesting the rising tensions between Malaysia and North Korea following the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Daniel Chan)

    Malaysians protest outside the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Friday, March 10, 2017. They were protesting the rising tensions between Malaysia and North Korea following the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Daniel Chan)  (The Associated Press)

Malaysian police say they have formally identified Kim Jong Nam as the victim of a fatal nerve agent attack at Kuala Lumpur's airport.

Kim is the estranged half brother of North Korea's ruler.

Friday's announcement was a formality. Soon after the Feb. 13 attack, Malaysian Cabinet officials confirmed the victim was Kim.

The identification process touches on one of the flashpoints in a case that has broken once-warm ties between Malaysia and North Korea.

North Korea does not acknowledge the victim is Kim Jong Nam and has demanded custody of the body, but Malaysia has not handed it over.

National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar refused to say how police identified Kim. He said the "safety and security of witnesses" are at stake.