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Malaysia, North Korea in Tit-for-Tat Exit Bans
Malaysia, North Korea in Tit-for-Tat Exit Bans

Malaysia, North Korea in Tit-for-Tat Exit Bans

Malaysia, North Korea in Tit-for-Tat Exit Bans

North Korea and Malaysia have banned each other’s citizens from leaving their countries, in a growing row over the killing of Kim Jong-nam.
The extraordinary tit-for-tat actions come amid North Korean fury at Malaysia’s ongoing investigation into his death at a Kuala Lumpur airport, BBC reported.
The North Korean leader’s half-brother was killed with a potent nerve agent. Malaysia has not directly blamed the North for this, but there is widespread suspicion Pyongyang was responsible.
North Korea has fiercely denied any accusations of culpability and the row over the killing-and who has the right to claim Kim’s body-has rapidly escalated over the past two weeks.
Both Malaysia and North Korea have already expelled each other’s ambassadors.
The state news agency KCNA said on Tuesday that “all Malaysian nationals in the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] will be temporarily prohibited from leaving the country until the incident that happened in Malaysia is properly solved”.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said it was an “abhorrent act” which was “in total disregard of all international law and diplomatic norms”.
“Malaysians were effectively being held hostage in North Korea,” he said in a statement.
“Protecting our citizens is my first priority and we will not hesitate to take all measures necessary when they are threatened.”
Initially, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad and Home Minister Zahid Hamidi had said that in response, North Korean Embassy staff and officials would not be allowed to leave. But Najib later said the ban would extend to all North Koreans.
Malaysian officials have said there are believed to be 11 Malaysian citizens currently in North Korea, mostly diplomats. They also estimate there are about 1,000 North Koreans currently in Malaysia.
Such actions are highly unusual. Under Article 13 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, “everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own and to return to his country”.
Malaysia has signed that declaration, but North Korea has not. The ban also breaks the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which both countries have ratified.

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