Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader, was attacked with a nerve agent at a Malaysian airport on February 13.
They are the remnants of 2,453 North Koreans residing in this country between 2014 and this year, according to Immigration statistics, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi revealed today.
Last week, in a major escalation of an ongoing diplomatic row, North Korea banned all Malaysian citizens with its borders from being able to leave the country.
He also said "we hope this can be resolved in two to three weeks" when asked how long the family has to collect the body.
North Korean leaders were adamant to have Jong Nam's body back in their country but Malaysia refused.
"The United States and the South Korean authority are groundlessly blaming the DPRK, asserting that he was intoxicated by a highly poisonous VX nerve substance", Kim said, referring to the victim who has been identified by Malaysian authorities as the estranged half-brother of Kim Jon Un.
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Amid the confusion whether the person assassinated was Kim Jong Nam or Kim Chol -the name on the passport that Kim was carrying when he was attacked - on Friday Malaysian police confirmed that Kim Chol and Kim Jong Nam was the same person.
North Korea also blocked Malaysians from leaving the country until what it calls a "fair settlement" of the case is reached, and Malaysia barred North Koreans from leaving.
Investigators say the VX nerve agent used to kill him was nearly certainly produced in a sophisticated state laboratory and North Korea is believed to possess large quantities of chemical weapons. Three are said to be hiding in the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
North Korea and Malaysia are in a four-team group. Jong Nam died within 20 minutes of the attack.
The VX nerve agent suspected to have killed the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could have come from the USA via South Korea, Pyongyang's deputy ambassador to the United Nations suggested Monday during a news conference at U.N. headquarters in NY. Two women - one Indonesian, one Vietnamese - have been charged with murder but say they were duped into thinking they were playing a harmless prank.
The whereabouts of Kim Han Sol and other family members remain unknown, but a video emerged online Wednesday of a man claiming to be Kim Han Sol and saying his father was "killed".