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Malaysia says it will give Kim's family time to claim body

  • Journalists wait outside forensic department at Kuala Lumpur Hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday, March 12, 2017.  Malaysia's Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said the government hopes to begin formal talks with North Korea in the "next few days" on solving a diplomatic dispute that has seen the two countries bar each other's citizens from leaving. The dispute stems from the mysterious poisoning death of the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Feb. 13 at Kuala Lumpur's airport.(AP Photo/Daniel Chan)

    Journalists wait outside forensic department at Kuala Lumpur Hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Malaysia's Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said the government hopes to begin formal talks with North Korea in the "next few days" on solving a diplomatic dispute that has seen the two countries bar each other's citizens from leaving. The dispute stems from the mysterious poisoning death of the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Feb. 13 at Kuala Lumpur's airport.(AP Photo/Daniel Chan)  (The Associated Press)

  • People make their way to enter the forensic department at Kuala Lumpur Hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday, March 12, 2017.  Malaysia's Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said the government hopes to begin formal talks with North Korea in the "next few days" on solving a diplomatic dispute that has seen the two countries bar each other's citizens from leaving. The dispute stems from the mysterious poisoning death of the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Feb. 13 at Kuala Lumpur's airport. (AP Photo/Daniel Chan)

    People make their way to enter the forensic department at Kuala Lumpur Hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Malaysia's Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said the government hopes to begin formal talks with North Korea in the "next few days" on solving a diplomatic dispute that has seen the two countries bar each other's citizens from leaving. The dispute stems from the mysterious poisoning death of the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Feb. 13 at Kuala Lumpur's airport. (AP Photo/Daniel Chan)  (The Associated Press)

  • A police officer carries machine gun patrol inside forensic department at Kuala Lumpur Hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday, March 12, 2017.  Malaysia's Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said the government hopes to begin formal talks with North Korea in the "next few days" on solving a diplomatic dispute that has seen the two countries bar each other's citizens from leaving. The dispute stems from the mysterious poisoning death of the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Feb. 13 at Kuala Lumpur's airport. (AP Photo/Daniel Chan)

    A police officer carries machine gun patrol inside forensic department at Kuala Lumpur Hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Malaysia's Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said the government hopes to begin formal talks with North Korea in the "next few days" on solving a diplomatic dispute that has seen the two countries bar each other's citizens from leaving. The dispute stems from the mysterious poisoning death of the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Feb. 13 at Kuala Lumpur's airport. (AP Photo/Daniel Chan)  (The Associated Press)

Malaysia says it will give relatives of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother two to three weeks to claim his body before deciding what to do with it.

Malaysia says Kim Jong Nam died after two women smeared his face with a banned nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur's airport last month.

North Korea rejects the findings and has demanded the body back. Pyongyang also has refused to acknowledge that Kim Jong Nam was the victim and has referred to him as Kim Chol, the name on the passport Kim was carrying when he was attacked.

On Friday, Malaysian police confirmed that Kim Chol and Kim Jong Nam was the same person.

Health Minister Subramaniam Sathasivam said Monday that Malaysia now hopes Kim's family members will claim the body.