March 31, 2017 / 10:07 AM / 4 months ago

Malaysia says won't break ties with North Korea

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak arrives at the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia March 7, 2017 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Rosa Panggabean/via REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said he will not sever ties with North Korea, state news agency Bernama reported on Friday, after a diplomatic row between the two countries ended this week.

Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of the North's leader Kim Jong Un, was murdered at Kuala Lumpur's airport on Feb. 13 in a bizarre assassination using toxic nerve agent, sparking a row between the two countries that had friendly relations before.

Three North Koreans wanted for questioning over the murder left Malaysia on Friday along with the body of Kim Jong Nam after Malaysia agreed a swap deal that saw nine Malaysians allowed to return home from Pyongyang.

Reporting by A. Ananthalakshmi; Editing by Nick Macfie

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