Malaysia says won't break ties with North Korea

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 31 (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)