>> Kim Jong-nam's alleged killers hit with murder charges on Wednesday. The two women accused by Malaysia of assassinating him at Kuala Lumpur Airport. A crime that carries the death penalty. Both left the court room in bullet-proof vests. Malaysian officials afraid others involve want to silence them. Reuters Simon Cameron-Moore has been following the case.
>> Both of these women came from a very humble background, neither fits the bill of trained assassin. The Vietnamese woman, she's 28, she came from a rural area of North Vietnam, the father was a rice farmer. The Indonesian woman, she's 25. She came to Malaysia seeking work. She has a seven-year-old son back in Jakarta.
They haven't entered a plea yet, though diplomats that met them while they're in custody have said that they're both claiming that they believed that they were taking part in a prank for a reality TV show.>> The US and South Korea believe the attack was masterminded by the North, Seoul suggesting the country be kicked out of the UN in response.
Meanwhile, Pyongyang has kept busy skewering Malaysia and its state propaganda.>> North Korea has reacted very angrily to the Malaysian investigation. They say they don't trust the Malaysian police's findings. They want the body returned. And also, interestingly, they haven't acknowledged that the victim is Kim Jong-nam, they maintain it is a North Korean citizen but not the half-brother of the leader, Kim Jong-un.
>> Wednesday's charges handed down as Pyongyang tries to repair damage relations after the killing. It sent a high-level delegation to Kuala Lumpur to smooth things over, with one of the few countries left with ties to the North. The two women make their next court appearance in April.