KUALA LUMPUR, March 11 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia will soon start formal talks with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) about the release of its stranded nationals, Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said Saturday.
The announcement came after the Malaysian police formally identified the deceased DPRK man as Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of DPRK top leader Kim Jong Un.
The ministry is now communicating directly with the DPRK embassy in Kuala Lumpur over the issue, the minister told reporters after a meeting with family members of the nine Malaysians who were barred by the DPRK side from leaving.
As part of the fallout of a diplomatic row over the death and investigation of Kim Jong Nam, both countries have expelled the ambassador of the other side and banned each other's citizens from leaving.
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