Kim Jong-un was assassinated in Malaysia last week
Tensions are close to breaking point one week after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother was killed at Kuala Lumpar Airport.
With North Korea rejecting claims they approved the assassination of the Supreme Leader's estranged brother, Malaysia rushed its envoy from Pyongyang yesterday.
They then called on North Korea’s ambassador to Malaysia to explain his country’s actions – only to be told a far-fetched conspiracy.
The hermit state’s spokesman said Malaysia was “trying to conceal something” and condemned the autopsy.
Kim Jong-nam telling airport staff about the attack
We cannot trust the investigation
North Korean ambassador to Malaysia
He said: “At the moment we cannot trust the investigation.”
Malaysia has furiously denied accusations it has no role in the investigation.
A government spokesman said: “The death occurred in Malaysian soil under mysterious circumstances, it is the responsibility of the Malaysian Government to conduct an investigation to identify the cause of death."
The row with Malaysia over the investigation puts North Korea at risk of becoming even more isolated internationally.
Malaysia is among a dwindling number of Cold War-era friends with whom North Korea has managed to keep up ties.
There is also speculation that China's patience with North Korea could be tested by the killing because Kim had been living in the Chinese-controlled territory of Macau, where he was headed to when he was attacked.
The assassination was allegedly carried out by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un
Beijing said on Saturday it had suspended all imports of coal from the North.
China is seen to be irritated by the North's repeated aggressive behaviour, including two nuclear tests since the start of last year and a February 12 intermediate-range ballistic missile shot among a series of missile tests.
CCTV footage shows Kim being assaulted in the airport by a woman last week. The grainy CCTV images, which have been posted on several websites, showed Kim heading for an automatic check-in counter in the airport departure hall before being attacked.
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In footage taken from another angle a woman in a white shirt appears to lunge from behind and throw something over his head, locking her arms around him briefly.
Later footage showed Kim stumbling, wiping his face, and seeking help from people while gesturing to his eyes before being escorted to a clinic.
North Korea has rejected claims it approved the killing
Just as he enters the clinic his steps appear unsteady, and as he goes inside medical personnel appear to move urgently.
In a bizarre twist, the female suspect claimed she was tricked into taking part in a TV show and believed she was carrying out a prank.
Four North Korean suspects have already fled back to Pyongyang.
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