Kim Jong-nam: Malaysians held in North Korea return home

Image copyright European Photopress Agency Image caption Among those who have returned include Malaysia's counsellor to North Korea, Mohd Nor Azrin Md Zain (centre)

Nine Malaysians who were detained in North Korea have arrived home, after the two countries apparently struck a deal to end a diplomatic row.

The Malaysians had been prevented from leaving Pyongyang after the killing of Kim Jong-nam last month in Malaysia.

After negotiations, Malaysia has also allowed North Koreans to leave and released Mr Kim's body.

There is widespread suspicion that Pyongyang was responsible for the death.

Mr Kim was murdered at Kuala Lumpur airport with a lethal nerve agent.

The On Events's South East Asia correspondent Jonathan Head says that Malaysia appears to have acceded to North Korea's wishes to get those Malaysians released.

Image copyright European Photopress Agency Image caption Malaysia's foreign minister Anifan Aman (centre, in dark pink coat) received the returning Malaysians at Kuala Lumpur's airport

Mr Kim's body was released to North Korea and flown to Beijing early on Friday, where North Korean officials are expected to receive it.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said after challenging negotiations, that all North Koreans would be allowed to leave Malaysia - which likely includes suspects in the murder who are wanted my Malaysian police.

The nine Malaysian nationals included the country's counsellor to North Korea, Mohd Nor Azrin Md Zain, embassy staff, and their families.


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