North Korea Debars Malaysian citizens form departing the country

Published On:March 8, 2017, 4:36 pm

On Tuesday, North Korea barred Malaysians from leaving the country, a fitting avenge by Malaysia, as police probing the murder of Kim Jong Nam in Kuala Lumpur pursued to question three men hiding in the North Korean embassy.

Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak charged North Korea of "effectively holding our citizens hostage" and held an exigency meeting of his National Security Council.

This move emphasized the vivid deterioration in ties with one of North Korea’s few friends outside China ever since the murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s alienated half-brother at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13.

According to the Malaysian government, the assassins used VX nerve agent, a chemical which is enlisted by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction.

Police have discovered eight North Koreans wanted in connection with the murder, including two of the three believed to be hiding in the embassy, a senior North Korean diplomat and a state airline employee.

The only people accused so far are a Vietnamese woman and an Indonesian woman, alleged of aspersing the victim’s face with VX. He died within 20 minutes.

North Korea’s foreign ministry declared a temporary ban on Malaysians leaving the country, "until the incident that happened in Malaysia is properly solved.”

"In this period the diplomats and citizens of Malaysia may work and live normally under the same conditions and circumstances as before."

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