North Korea on March 7 said, Pyongyang has temporarily banned Malaysians from leaving the country until the incident that happened in Malaysia is solved. This has come after the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother Kim Jong-Nam in Malaysia.

The half-brother of leader Kim Jong-Un was killed in Kuala Lumpur by two women using VX nerve agent.

The official Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) said, “All Malaysian nationals in the DPRK will be temporarily prohibited from leaving the country until the incident that happened in Malaysia is properly solved.”

“Pyongyang’s foreign ministry has expressed hopes that the Malaysian government would solve the issue in a “fair and timely manner based on goodwill,” KCNA further added.

However, Malaysian diplomats and nationals would be allowed to conduct business and live normally while the travel ban is on.

Commenting on the ban the Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak, said it is an “abhorrent act, effectively holding our citizens hostage” in disregard of international law.

Najib further said he had instructed police to prevent all North Korean citizens in Malaysia from leaving until the safety of Malaysians in North Korea was assured.

On February 13, Kim Jong Nam, 45, arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport to catch a flight to his home in Macau. At the airport he was killed by two women using VX nerve agent. Kim Jong Nam died on the way to the hospital minutes after the attack with the nerve agent.