Diplomatic tensions are rising between North Korea and Malaysia in the aftermath of the apparent assassination of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Kuala Lumpur has recalled its ambassador to Pyongyang for "consultations" after North Korea's envoy to Malaysia, Kang Chol, lashed out at Malaysia after officials rejected the North's demands to release Kim Jon Nam's body, and to allow a representative from the North Korean embassy to be present at the autopsy.
Kang Chol was summoned by Malaysia's foreign ministry Monday after he accused Malaysia of "trying to conceal something," and of "colluding and playing into the gallery of external forces." The foreign ministry dismissed the ambassador's claims as "baseless."
The 45-year-old Kim Jong Nam died en route to a hospital last Monday after he was reportedly accosted and poisoned by two women at Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur International Airport while waiting to take a Macau-bound flight, according to Malaysian and South Korean officials.
Japanese broadcaster Fuji TV aired footage Monday taken by the airport's security cameras that reportedly depicts the fatal assault on Kim. After he was accosted, Kim is shown seeking help from airport workers while gesturing at his eyes.
Four people have been detained in connection with the crime, including the two suspected assailants and a North Korean national, who was arrested Friday. Investigators are also seeking four North Korean men who flew out of Malaysia on the day of Kim's death.