Malaysia and North Korea ban each other’s citizens from leaving

The Kim Jong-nam murder crisis has taken a new turn as Malaysian citizens in North Korea have been banned from leaving the country. In response Malaysia has also banned all North Koreans to leave the country also.

The Malaysian government has said that Kim Jong-nam’s murder suspects are hiding in the North Korean embassy.

Najib Razak, the prime minister of Malaysia has said: “It is an abhorrent act, effectively holding our citizens hostage in disregard of international law. He also said that the Malaysian police has been instructed that North Korean citizens should not leave the country until the matter is resolved.

A statement from the foreign ministry of North Korea was cited by the state news agency that said: “All Malaysians will be temporarily prohibited from leaving the country until the incident ha happened in Malaysia is properly solved.”

According to the Malaysian foreign ministry a total of 11 North Korean citizens are in the country, they include three staff members of the embassy and six of their family members.

The Malaysian home minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed told reporters: “We are trying to physically identify all the embassy staff who are here, until we are satisfied of their numbers and where they are.”

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