International

North Korea, Malaysia in an Eye-for-an Eye Travel Ban Following Death of Kim Jong-nam

North Korea, Malaysia in an Eye-for-an Eye Travel Ban Following Death of Kim Jong-nam

AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service

After Kim Jong-nam, half-brother of the Korean President Kim Jong-un, was killed in Malaysia’s capital of Kuala Lumpur last month, North Korea has decided to ban all Malaysian citizens from leaving its territories.

In response, Malaysia banned North Korean citizens from leaving its territories as well. The North Korean News Agency, citing its Foreign Ministry, said that all the Malaysians nationals are prohibited from leaving North Korea until the incident that occurred in Malaysia is “properly solved.”

The Malaysian Prime Minister described the North Korean decision as an “abhorrent act”, adding that North Koreans in Malaysia will also be prohibited from leaving until they make sure that their “hostages” in North Korea are safe.

Both North Korea and Malaysia have labeled each other’s envoys as persona non grata.

Following the murder of the North Korean president’s brother, seven North Korean suspects have been wanted for questioning over the incident. However, they are still at large. One North Korean suspect was arrested but was released for the lack of evidence.

North Korea has publicly accused Malaysia in the killing incident, saying that it happened for a “sinister purpose”. North Korea also said that Malaysia broke the international law for conducting an autopsy on a diplomatic passport holder. However, Malaysian authorities have implied that the murder may have been an assassination carried out by North Korea.

Under the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone has the right to return to their own country. The declaration, however, has not been signed by North Korea.

Shortage of Imported Contraceptive Pills Continues in Egyptian Markets
Trump Orders New Travel Ban on Citizens of Six Muslim Countries

Subscribe to our newsletter


International

More in International

Egypt Reports 40 More Coronavirus Cases, Raising Total to 442

Egyptian StreetsMarch 25, 2020

End the Sickness of War and Fight the Disease Ravaging Our World: UN Chief

Egyptian StreetsMarch 23, 2020

Egypt’s Mosques and Churches Suspend Communal Prayers As COVID-19 Cases Reach 285

Egyptian StreetsMarch 21, 2020

Top 15 Inspiring Egyptians of the Decade in Business and Entrepreneurship

Egyptian StreetsMarch 21, 2020

Egypt Revokes The Guardian Journalist’s Press Credentials Over COVID-19 Reporting

Egyptian StreetsMarch 17, 2020

73 Egyptian Scientists Decry ‘Inaccurate’ Estimate of COVID-19 Cases in Egypt

Egyptian StreetsMarch 17, 2020

Egypt Shuts Down Airports, Suspends Air Travel: PM

Egyptian StreetsMarch 16, 2020

Egypt’s President Shuts Down Schools and Universities, Announces EGP100 Billion Coronavirus Fund

Egyptian StreetsMarch 14, 2020