Kim Jong-nam Case Leads Malaysia to End Visa-Free Entry for North Koreans

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The police last week outside the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The country is one of few places that had allowed such easy access for citizens of the North, which is widely viewed as a pariah.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia moved to punish North Korea on Thursday for the airport assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of the North’s leader, saying that it would require visitors from that country to obtain a visa, the Bernama news agency reported.

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the deputy prime minister, imposed the restrictions effective Monday, citing national security concerns. Until now, North Koreans have been able to…

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