Two women to be charged over Kim Jong-Nam murder

North Korea is continuing its efforts to retrieve the body of Kim Jong-Un's half-brother

Two women to be charged over Kim Jong-Nam murder

TV screens show pictures of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Picture by Ahn Young-joon AP/Press Association Images

Two women will be charged with the murder of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

Kim Jong-Nam was apparently poisoned with a deadly toxin at Kuala Lumpur airport on 13 February,

He is believed to have been attacked with VX nerve agent - a chemical that can kill in minutes and is listed by the UN as a weapon of mass destruction.

Malaysia's attorney general says two women will be formally charged, and could face the death penalty if convicted.

The pair - Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam and Siti Aishah from Indonesia - have said they thought they were taking part in a TV prank.

Reuters reports that one North Korean man in custody over the killing would not be charged yet.

Several other North Koreans are wanted for questioning by Malaysian officials.

Meanwhile, the diplomatic stand-off over the killing continues.

Malaysia has refused to hand over the body to North Korea before it is officially identified by the victim's next of kin.

According to The Guardian, a delegation of high level North Korean officials has arrived in Kuala Lumpur in an attempt to retrieve Kim Jong-Nam's body.

The delegation - which includes a former deputy ambassador to the UN - indicated they were also looking to develop “friendly relationships” between their country and Malaysia.