Citizens of Malaysia residing in North Korea, banned from leaving the country

Гражданам Малайзии, находящимся в Северной Корее, запретили покидать страну

North Korea has banned the travel of citizens of Malaysia from the country, and Malaysia responded with temporary restrictions on the entry of citizens of the DPRK, reports The Guardian. To date, nine Malaysians remain in North Korea – three employees of the Embassy and six members of the family. Prime Minister Najib Razak has described the situation as “a heinous act of actually holding our citizens hostage” in breach of international law.

The state news Agency of North Korea referred to the statement of the Ministry of foreign Affairs that all Malaysians “will be temporarily prohibited to leave the country before until the incident, which occurred in Malaysia, would not be properly resolved.” Recall that last month North Korea has accused Malaysia in cooperation with South Korea because both countries have stated that Kim Jong-Nam was murdered by agents of Pyongyang.

Malaysian police named seven North Koreans, who are wanted by police for questioning in connection with the murder of Kim Jong-Nam, two of them hiding in the Embassy of the country. Employee of the state airline of North Korea and the Korean diplomat was summoned for questioning, both of them failed.

For the last three days North Korea and Malaysia mutually declared ambassadors to each other’s persona non grata and ordered them to leave the country.

The Ambassador of North Korea, Kang Chol tried to block the investigation and to prevent the autopsy of Kim Jong-Nam. The results showed that Kim was killed by prohibited chemical weapons produced in government laboratories.

As The Guardian reports, citing the North Korean news Agency KCNA, the DPRK government has accused Malaysia of violating international law because they have not passed the corpse and willfully made an autopsy of the body of the holder of a diplomatic passport.

Recall that on 14 February it became known that Kim Jong Us, the brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-UN, was killed in Malaysia by poison. Kim Jong Nam tried to provide assistance at the airport, then was sent to the hospital, but on the way he died.

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