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North Korean Ri Jong Chol speaks in front of reporters at the North Korean Embassy in Beijing early Saturday, March 4, 2017.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia >> A North Korean chemist deported from Malaysia accused police of threatening to harm his family unless he confessed to the killing of the half brother of North Korea’s leader, calling it a plot to tarnish his country’s honor.

Ri Jong Chol spoke to reporters in Beijing shortly after he was released and deported by Malaysian authorities, who said there’s no evidence to link him to Kim Jong Nam’s killing at Kuala Lumpur’s airport on Feb. 13.

Police never said what they believed Ri’s role was in the attack.

Ri accused police of presenting him with “fake evidence” and threatening to kill his family who were staying with him in Kuala Lumpur.

Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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