Malaysians held in NoKor return home

The nine Malaysians who were barred from leaving North Korea in the aftermath of the murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother Kim Jong-nam here last month, have safely arrived home. After the mix-up was realized, North Korea's diplomatic mission in Kuala Lumpur was informed on the day of the murder, the sources said.

The diplomat added he was scared after being prohibited from leaving the country, but drew strength from the care and concern of his extended family.

"This is what is required by the law, " he said, confirming that the North Korean duo were allowed to leave Malaysia.

"Relevant" North Korean citizens also returned to North Korea, ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a daily news briefing, without giving details.

The North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur initially said the victim was Kim Jong Nam, but identified him the next day as Kim Chol, the name given in the dead man's passport, the police chief said. The Malaysians were flown out on a government-owned business jet piloted by a senior Royal Malaysian Air Force officer.

What was the spat about?

In the wake of Mr Kim's killing on February 13, Pyongyang reacted angrily when Malaysia refused to hand over the body immediately, without an autopsy.

Pyongyang reacted angrily when Malaysia refused their requests.

It is not clear where Mr Kim's wife and children are, although his son appeared in a video earlier in March and said the family were together.

MR MOHD NOR AZRIN MD ZAIN, a counsellor at the Malaysian embassy in North Korea, on the support the group got.

Kuala Lumpur enacted a tit-for-tat exit ban on North Koreans.

As a part of the deal, Malaysia allowed their departures. But he told reporters Friday, "Legally speaking, Kim Jong Un is the next-of-kin". But it remains unclear what that means for the investigation into his death, writes BBC Southeast Asia Correspondent Jonathan Head.

The men were aboard the flight carrying the body of Kim Jong-nam back to North Korea after his death in Malaysia.

Japanese news agency Kyodo said two men resembling two wanted North Koreans were seen on a Beijing-bound flight transporting Mr Kim's body on Friday.

Three North Koreans wanted for questioning over the murder of the estranged half-brother of their country's leader were believed on their way home along with the body of Kim Jong Nam on Friday after Malaysia agreed a swap deal with the reclusive state.

On whether relations between the two nations could be restored, Najib said both parties must hold to the diplomatic principles and respect the Vienna Convention if they were to ensure that diplomatic ties could be resumed. Malaysia said Thursday i.

"Whether North Korea admits it or not", Chang said, "everyone knows who did it".

He had been living in the Chinese territory of Macau, under China's protection.

  • Leroy Wright