Malaysia imposes travel ban to North Korea

Malaysia to ban citizens from visiting North Korea

Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) had earlier advised Singaporeans against all non-essential travel to North Korea. "The travel ban will be reviewed once the situation has returned to normal".

Malaysia's soccer team is scheduled to face North Korea in an Asian Cup tie in Pyongyang on October 5, a match that been delayed twice due to security fears.

The Football Association of Malaysia has informed the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) that the national team would not be able to fulfill the fixture in light of the latest development.

Malaysia on Thursday banned citizens from traveling to North Korea, scotching yet again its soccer team's participation in an Asian Cup qualifying match, as tension rises on the Korean peninsula over missile and nuclear development by Pyongyang.

However, the national team will now remain in Johor Baru until the following week before travelling to Hong Kong for another Group B qualifying match on Oct 10.

"AFC via Datuk Windsor in its letter of reply to FAM this evening had agreed to make a decision that a match between North Korea and Malaysia would not be played in Pyongyang on that date", he said.

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Next week's game in Pyongyang had already twice been delayed following a row over the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam, half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un, at a Kuala Lumpur airport.

Malaysia's travel ban represents just the latest move undertaken by the Southeast Asian state with respect to the escalating North Korea situation.

"The letter was sent this afternoon to inform them that Harimau Malaya can not fly to Pyongyang following the latest ban from the Malaysian government".

According to AFC, the status of the Group B match would be decided by the competition committee as soon as possible.

So far, one Indonesian woman and one Vietnamese woman have been charged with Kim's murder.

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