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Malaysia, North Korea to discuss return of Malaysians

Reuters KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) — Malaysia will in the coming days begin formal talks with North Korea on the return of nine Malaysians stranded in Pyongyang, the Southeast Asian nation’s foreign minister said Saturday, after they were barred from leaving the country amid a diplomatic spat.

The two countries have sparred over the Feb. 13 killing in Kuala Lumpur of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, and last week the incident sparked a diplomatic standoff as both countries slapped travel bans on each other’s citizens.

But Malaysian officials have since diffused tensions, saying ties with the reclusive state will not be severed.

Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said North Korea had indicated they were ready to start negotiations.

“They want to start talking. We do not know what their demands are — we need to figure out what we can do to get the best result,” he told reporters Saturday.Speech

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