Malaysian police temporarily cordon off North Korean embassy

A police line is seen drawn in front of North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday (March 7), following a directive barring North Korean embassy staff from leaving the country.
A police line is seen drawn in front of North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday (March 7), following a directive barring North Korean embassy staff from leaving the country.PHOTO: AFP
Royal Malaysian Police personnel keep watch behind a police line drawn across the entrance to the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
Royal Malaysian Police personnel keep watch behind a police line drawn across the entrance to the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur.PHOTO: AFP
A member of the Royal Malaysian Police keeps watch beside parked squad cars blocking the entrance to the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
A member of the Royal Malaysian Police keeps watch beside parked squad cars blocking the entrance to the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur.PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Malaysian police sealed off the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur to ascertain the number of officials inside, the deputy home minister said on Tuesday (March 7), as tensions escalated over the killing of the North Korean leader's estranged half-brother.

"We are trying to physically identify all the embassy staff who are here," Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed told reporters outside the embassy.

He said staff would not be allowed to leave the embassy "until we are satisfied of their numbers and where they are".

By early afternoon, Malaysian police had removed the tape and police car blocking the embassy driveway.  


North Korean Embassy counsellor Kim Yu Song looks on from behind a police line after a member of his staff was prohibited from exiting the embassy compound in a diplomatic car in Kuala Lumpur. PHOTO: AFP

North Korea barred Malaysians from leaving the country on Tuesday, prompting Malaysia to take tit-for-tat action, as police in Kuala Lumpur sought to question up to three men hiding in the North Korean embassy over the murder of Kim Jong Nam.

Police have identified eight North Koreans wanted in connection with the murder, including a senior North Korean diplomat and a state airline employee – two of the three believed to be hiding in the embassy.

The only people charged so far are a Vietnamese woman and an Indonesian woman. 

 

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