KUALA LUMPUR – North Korea has banned Malaysian citizens from leaving the country. This comes amidst North Korean rage at Malaysia’s ongoing investigation into the mysterious death of the brother of North Korea leader, Kim Jong-nam at a Kuala Lumpur airport.
Malaysian officials said that North Korea banned nine Malaysian diplomats and two others working with the UN’s World Food Programme.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said, Malaysians are effectively being held hostage in North Korea, and vowed that “protecting our citizens is my first priority, and we will not hesitate to take all measures necessary when they are threatened.”
North Korea has also expelled Malaysian ambassador.
Visa-free travel for Malaysians and North Koreans travelling to each other`s country was also cancelled.
Kim Jong-nam was poisoned with an extraordinarily potent chemical weapon called VX while waiting for his flight at a Kuala Lumpur airport.
Meanwhile, two women, an Indonesian a Vietnamese have been charged with murder.
However, Malaysia police believe there are two more suspects hiding inside the North Korean embassy compound in Kuala Lumpur.
“We will wait and if it takes five years we will wait outside, definitely somebody will come out,” Inspector General of Police, Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters.
_Malaysia World News