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>> The assassination of Kim Jong-un's half brother sparking another diplomatic fallout with Pyongyang. Malaysia slamming the door on visa-free visits for North Koreans on Thursday, a new policy that'll take effect at the start of next week. State media say the decision has been made for quote, national security reasons.
It's the latest development in a growing spat between North Korea and Malaysia, one of the few countries that, until recently, was on reasonable terms with the Pyongyang regime. As Reuters' Joseph Sipalan reports, those ties actually stretch back decades.>> Prior to the murder, the relations were believed to be strong, although it was rather very much under the radar.
We can go back to when the former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was in charge, he was very much anti-US. So, anyone who was not friendly with the US was his friend. So they kind of developed relations then. Both Malaysia and North Korea set up embassies in each other's countries probably in the early 2000s.
And not long after that, I believe, they started visa-free entry. Not many countries have such an arrangement, especially going into North Korea.>> Also on Thursday, the Malaysian government announcing it will deport a North Korean held in connection with Kim Jong-nam's murder. Saying there isn't enough evidence to charge him.
Kim died after two women rubbed his face with a highly toxic nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur airport. The attack captured on security footage acquired by Fuji TV. Malaysian authorities say they still want to question seven more North Koreans in connection with the killing, including a senior embassy official.
Government sources tell Reuters that things have gotten so tense that Malaysia is considering kicking North Korea's envoy out of the country or even shutting down its own embassy in Pyongyang.