Two Malaysian UN workers have left North Korea

THARANYA ARUMUGAM


KUALA LUMPUR: Two United Nations employees who were among 11 Malaysian nationals stranded in North Korea have been allowed to leave Pyongyang, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said.

The duo, Stella Lim and Nyanaprakash Muniandy work for the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP).

“Alhamdulilah. Two of our citizens under WFP, Stella Lim & Nyanaprakash Muniandy, were allowed to leave Pyongyang & have arrived in Beijing,” Najib said on Twitter.

North Korea on Tuesday had barred Malaysians from leaving the country, sparking similar action by Malaysia, as tensions escalated over police investigations into the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Meanwhile, the UN’s World Food Programme also confirmed that two of its Malaysian staff had left North Korea, according to an AFP report.

“The staff members are international civil servants and not representatives of their national government. They work on WFP's programmes in DPR Korea," the UN agency said in a statement, adding that they had arrived in Beijing.