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March 2nd, 2017

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08:37 am
From March 6, all North Koreans have to apply for visa to enter Malaysia, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced today.
Zahid said the decision, to be gazetted soon, was made after considering that national security is a priority."I hope the decision of the Home Ministry will be implemented by the Immigration Department for the sake of national security," he told a press conference after the ministry's Excellent Service Award ceremony in Putrajaya.

Zahid said the decision to impose the visa was made in his capacity as the home minister.Previously, citizens of North Korea and Malaysia only need to use their passports to enter the countries.
China urged calm and restraint yesterday after South Korea proposed the possible suspension of North Korea's seat at the United Nations to punish it for using chemical weapons to kill the half-brother of its leader. ...

..."What I need to say is that the situation at present on the Korean peninsula is complex and sensitive," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said when asked whether North Korea should be suspended from the United Nations."In this situation, we hope all sides can maintain calm and exercise restraint and not do anything to irritate each other or that may raise regional tensions," Geng told a daily news briefing, without elaborating.

While China is North Korea's most important remaining international supporter, it has been angered by its repeated missile and nuclear tests and has supported tough UN sanctions.However, China has pushed for talks to resolve the stand-off, and this week is playing host to a senior North Korean diplomat, Vice-Foreign Minister Ri Kil-song, the first such high-level visit since June last year.In a brief statement, China's Foreign Ministry said Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Ri that China's consistent position is that it wants to consolidate the tradition of friendship between the two countries.
Wang said all parties should "iron out challenges" and work hard for the denuclearisation of the peninsula, the ministry added.

There was no mention in the statement of the death of Kim Jong-nam.


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