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Malaysia Bans All Citizens From Travelling To North Korea

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Malaysia Bans All Citizens From Travelling To North Korea

Malaysia Bans All Citizens From Travelling To North Korea


Malaysia has banned all its citizens from traveling to North Korea. The country faces increasing diplomatic pressure over its weapons programs that’s why foreign ministry takes this decision. The foreign ministry announced the ban in a statement and said the ban will be last until next notice.


This ban might affect an Asian Cup qualifier football match which scheduled on 5 October 2017 between Malaysia and North Korea in Pyongyang. A football match has already been delayed twice due to security issues.

The Football Association of Malaysia said it will issue a statement later Thursday when asked if the team would be allowed to fly to Pyongyang despite the ban.

The statement cited North Korea’s missile tests and related developments. North Korea has been targeted in recent months by stricter sanctions and increasing political pressure, with Kuwait and Mexico throw out its representative in recent weeks.

Since July, North Korea has launched its first intercontinental ballistic missiles, has flown midrange missiles over Japan into the Pacific and has exploded its sixth nuclear test.

Malaysia is one of its few remaining diplomatic partners in the world even though bilateral tensions briefly soar after the North Korean leaders alienate half-brother was killed at the Kuala Lumpur airport in February.

Both countries imposed travel bans on the other’s citizens that were lifted after a deal was reached in March.


Two women from Vietnam and Indonesia have been charged in the murder widely believed to have been orchestrated by North Korea.