Malaysia to deport 50 North Koreans

An estimated 1,000 North Koreans now live in Malaysia.

The deputy prime minister failed to disclose exactly why the Malaysian government had decided on the exception.

"Those with a valid visa are allowed to stay back", the home minister added.

Four Malaysian diplomats and their family members are stuck in North Korea, and there's not much their government can do to get them out.

SEOUL-Authorities have identified another North Korean man who helped oversee the hit squad that took out Kim Jong Nam in Malaysia last month, sources here said.

Alam held the briefing after meeting with relatives of the stranded Malaysians and said he had spoken to embassy staff in Pyongyang who appeared to be safe.

For weeks, Malaysia has been trying to receive a DNA sample from Kim's family.

North Korea will have until April 14 to find a neutral venue for the match, says AFC secretary-general Datuk Windsor Paul John.

Kim was attacked February 13 at an airport in Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein on Monday warned his country has many allies that would rally to its side in the event of war with North Korea, according to the Star daily. A Vietnamese woman and an Indonesian woman have already been charged in the case.

North Korea - widely suspected of being behind the attack - continues to call the victim Kim Chol and has rejected the autopsy findings.

Malaysian authorities say the two women who allegedly poisoned Kim were recruited by a team of North Koreans.

Zahid said on Tuesday Kim's body, which is now kept in a morgue in the Malaysian capital, has been embalmed to prevent it from decomposing. Airport CCTV footage shows them approaching the victim and apparently smearing his face with a piece of cloth. The two are believed to be holed up in the North Korean Embassy. North Korea's ambassador Kang Chol made some baseless accusations against the Malaysian authorities after the incident, along with the unreasonable requests of getting the suspects released and claiming the body of the deceased. The police on Friday said they had confirmed the dead man was Kim without explaining how.

  • Leroy Wright