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Malaysia has summoned the North Korean ambassador over criticisms of the inquiry into the murder of Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of the country’s leader Kim Jong Un.

In a statement on Monday, Malaysia’s ministry of foreign affairs said the ambassador Kang Chol had been asked to explain criticisms of the Malaysian government made in a press conference on Friday night.

Pyongyang sought to block an autopsy of Mr Kim’s body. Malaysian police are seeking at least four North Korean suspects in connection with the killing, and have detained one North Korean national.

The murder at Kuala Lumpur’s international airport is widely believed to have been instigated by Pyongyang.

In a statement on Friday, the ambassador complained that North Korean officials had not been allowed to witness the autopsy and accused Malaysia of being “in collusion with the hostile forces towards our republic”.

Malaysia’s foreign ministry said that as the death occurred on Malaysian soil “under mysterious circumstances”, it was the government’s responsibility to conduct an investigation.

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