A POLICE witness has said the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader met an unidentified Korean American man on a Malaysian resort island four days before he was murdered.

The claim was made as the trial of two women accused of killing Kim Jong Nam resumed.

Indonesia’s Siti Aisyah, 25, and Vietnam’s Doan Thi Huong, 29, are accused of smearing VX nerve agent on Kim’s face in a crowded airport terminal in Kuala Lumpur last February.

They denied murder when their trial began in Shah Alam on October 2. The two are the only suspects in custody, though prosecutors have said four North Koreans who fled the country were also involved.

Chief police investigating officer Wan Azirul Nizam Che Wan Aziz yesterday told the court that Kim flew from Macau to Kuala Lumpur last February 6 and travelled to the northern island of Langkawi two days later.

He said Kim met with a Korean American at a Langkawi hotel the next day, but he did not know the man’s identity and it was not related to the $138,000 (£97,400) in cash found in Kim’s backpack when he was murdered.

Wah Azirul was responding to questions from Aisyah’s lawyer, who asked him to confirm a report by the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun that, in Langkawi, Kim met a US intelligence agent who was normally based in Bangkok.