12:35 GMT05 August 2021
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    Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak said Tuesday he had convened an emergency national security council session to address the brewing bilateral crisis with North Korea.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Pyongyang has temporarily banned Malaysian nationals from leaving North Korea over a dispute in the investigation of the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Razak condemned the "abhorrent" step as "in total disregard of all international law and diplomatic norms."

    Kuala Lumpur responded in kind Tuesday, with the Home Ministry reportedly issuing a directive prohibiting North Korean diplomatic staff from leaving the country.

    Later on Tuesday, media reported that Malaysian police considered that the suspects of the murder fled to the building of the North Korean embassy and sealed the diplomatic mission.

    Kim Jong Nam was allegedly killed on February 13 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport while waiting for his flight. Following the murder, Malaysian police detained three people, including a North Korean national, and the two states declared ambassadors personae non grata.

    Malaysia, Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK), Najib Razak
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