Kim Jong-nam killing: Malaysia announces end to visa-free travel for North Koreans

Kim Jong-nam killing: Malaysia announces end to visa-free travel for North Koreans

Kim Jong-nam killing: Malaysia announces end to visa-free travel for North Koreans

Written by Keshala Dias

03 Mar, 2017 | 6:14 am

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has said that Malaysia is ending visa-free travel for North Koreans due to security reasons.

Such steps were taken as as Malaysia is in search of several North Koreans who are suspected of being involved in the murder of the half-brother of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-nam, who died on February 13 following a VX nerve agent poison.

Two women named Doan Thi Huong from Vietnam and Siti Aisyah from Indonesia were charged with his murder on March 01.

However, they denied a charge of murder, claiming they believed they were taking part in a TV prank.

Kim’s body remains in a mortuary in Kuala Lumpur until a relative of Kim claims the body, providing a DNA sample of the claimer.

In response to this, North Korea reacted furiously to Malaysia as conducting a post-mortem examination means it should be able to claim the body of one of it’s citizens.

Zahid further noted that the rules requiring all North Koreans to secure visas to enter Malaysia would be effective from March 6, the Bernama state news agency reports.

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