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Malaysia imposes travel ban for North Korea

Tensions on the peninsula worsen already-strained ties

A man takes part in a protest at the North Korea Embassy following the killing of Kim Jong Nam in Kuala Lumpur in February.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysians have been barred from traveling to North Korea, effective immediately, until further notice, the country's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday, citing escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula and Pyongyang's missile tests as reasons.

The travel ban follows a visit to Washington by Prime Minister Najib Razak, who told U.S. President Donald Trump on Sept. 12 that Malaysia has stopped doing business with North Korea, in line with United Nations sanctions on the North.

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