Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Tuesday that he had instructed the police to ban all citizens from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) from leaving the country after Pyongyang announced a similar ban.
The prime minister also urged the DPRK to immediately allow all Malaysians to leave to “avoid any further escalation.”
Describing DPRK’s exit ban as an “abhorrent act, effectively holding our citizens hostage,” Najib said it was in total disregard of all international law and diplomatic norms.
“Protecting our citizens is my first priority, and we will not hesitate to take all measures necessary when they are threatened,” he said, adding he also instructed the police to prevent all DPRK citizens in Malaysia from leaving the country until “we are assured of the safety and security of all Malaysians in North Korea (the DPRK).”
In tia-for-tat moves, Malaysia and the DPRK have expelled each otner’s ambassador as an investigation into the death of a DPRK man strained bilateral relations. Enditem