Malaysia’s deputy prime minister Zahid Hamidi responded to Pyongyang’s travel ban by announcing that North Koreans would be prevented from leaving Malaysia “with immediate effect”, according to Malaysia’s state news agency.
As well as its embassy, North Korea maintains a tourism office and a branch of the Pyongyang restaurant chain in Kuala Lumpur.
There are around 80 North Korean nationals working in construction and mining in the state of Sarawak, in eastern Malaysia, the Malaysian government said in a report to the UN last August.
Pyongyang on Tuesday banned Malaysian citizens from leaving North Korea.
North Korea’s ambassador to Malaysia, Kang Chol, left the country on Monday after being expelled by Malaysian authorities for his criticism of the police investigation into Kim’s death. The Malaysian envoy to Pyongyang was recalled last month.