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Malaysia: Nine Malaysians freed by N. Korea return to KL02:23

Malaysia: Nine Malaysians freed by N. Korea return to KL

Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
March 31, 2017 at 16:00 GMT +00:00 · Published

Nine Malaysian nationals, who had previously been unable to leave North Korea, arrived safely at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, early on Friday, as part of a trade off with Malaysia that saw the return of what is believed to be the body of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, to Pyongyang.

Among the nationals to be greeted by Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman on their arrival in Kuala Lumpur were Mohd Nor Azrin, a counsellor at the Malaysian embassy in Pyongyang, and his family members.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Thursday that North Korea and Malaysia had decided to lift their respective travel bans, following a month-long diplomatic spat over the death of Kim. Kuala Lumpur also reportedly flew three suspects in the death of the North Korean leader’s estranged brother back to Pyongyang as part of the deal.

Kim is alleged to have been poisoned at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2), as he was standing in line to board a Macau-bound flight on February 13. Both Malaysia and North Korea implemented travel bans against each other during the argument.

Malaysia: Nine Malaysians freed by N. Korea return to KL02:23
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Nine Malaysian nationals, who had previously been unable to leave North Korea, arrived safely at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, early on Friday, as part of a trade off with Malaysia that saw the return of what is believed to be the body of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, to Pyongyang.

Among the nationals to be greeted by Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman on their arrival in Kuala Lumpur were Mohd Nor Azrin, a counsellor at the Malaysian embassy in Pyongyang, and his family members.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Thursday that North Korea and Malaysia had decided to lift their respective travel bans, following a month-long diplomatic spat over the death of Kim. Kuala Lumpur also reportedly flew three suspects in the death of the North Korean leader’s estranged brother back to Pyongyang as part of the deal.

Kim is alleged to have been poisoned at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2), as he was standing in line to board a Macau-bound flight on February 13. Both Malaysia and North Korea implemented travel bans against each other during the argument.