Malaysian police investigating what United States and South Korean officials say was an assassination carried out by North Korean agents took statements from the three North Koreans before they were allowed to leave the country.
A van believed to be carrying the body of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korea's leader, leaves the forensics wing of a hospital in Kuala Lumpur Thursday. He was about to board a flight to Macau when two women smeared his face with the deadly VX nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur airport seven weeks ago.
He said the success of the government led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in its diplomatic negotiations with Pyongyang to end the crisis was indeed a vital development for both countries.
North Korea and Malaysia's historically close ties began to unravel in the wake of Kim's death, hitting a nadir when Pyongyang banned nine Malaysian citizens from leaving the country in retaliation for the Kim investigation.
It has denied any role in the Kim Jong Nam's killing and denounced the investigation as flawed and politically motivated.
Kim - the estranged half-brother of Kim Jong Un - was attacked by two women at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on February 13 and died shortly after.
But a deal was reached to allow them to leave after Kim's regime reciprocated and took several Malaysian citizens hostage. Malaysia responded in kind, barring North Koreans from exiting its soil, including three suspects believed to be hiding in the North Korean Embassy.
Najib on Thursday declared on Twitter that the diplomatic crisis with North Korea was over. They arrived back in Malaysia early on Friday.
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The eldest son of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, Mr spoken out publicly against his family's dynastic control of the isolated nation.
When asked who was the next-of-kin who wrote in, Khalid said: "Legally Kim Jong Un is next-of-kin of Kim Jong Nam". The North Korean leadership is widely suspected to have plotted the murder, but Pyongyang insists it wasn't involved.
Mr Kim's body was released to North Korea and flown first to Beijing, and then on to Pyongyang.
North Korea has maintained that the dead man is not Kim Jong Nam and that the body is that of Kim Chol, the name given in a passport found on the victim. The women, who were quickly arrested and charged with murder, say they were duped into thinking they were taking part in a hidden-camera prank TV show.
North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency confirmed the agreement, saying the two sides had pledged to "guarantee the safety and security" of each other's citizens, and that Malaysia had agreed to transfer the body "to the family of the deceased" in North Korea.
Addressing a daily news briefing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang gave no other details on the swap that saw the North Koreans return home from Kuala Lumpur via Beijing. One North Korean man was deported earlier.
Mohd Nor Azrin Md Zain, one of the returning diplomats, said it had been an anxious period but they "were not particularly harassed" by the North Korean authorities.