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2 Malaysians leave NKorea after being stranded by travel ban

  • The North Korean flag is seen behind razor wire on top of a wall at the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, March 9, 2017. Malaysia's prime minister said Wednesday that relatives of the half brother of North Korea's ruler may be too scared to help police investigating his mysterious poisoning death in Kuala Lumpur.  (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

    The North Korean flag is seen behind razor wire on top of a wall at the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, March 9, 2017. Malaysia's prime minister said Wednesday that relatives of the half brother of North Korea's ruler may be too scared to help police investigating his mysterious poisoning death in Kuala Lumpur. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cameraman films outside the gate of North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, March 9, 2017. Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said Wednesday that relatives of the half brother of North Korea's ruler may be too scared to help police investigating his mysterious poisoning death in Kuala Lumpur. A man claiming to be the victim's son, meanwhile, appeared in an online video saying he and his family were safe in a location he did not reveal. Razak spoke a day after a stunning diplomatic breakdown involving the investigation into Kim Jong Nam's killing, with North Korea barring Malaysians from leaving its territory and Malaysia responding in kind. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

    Cameraman films outside the gate of North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, March 9, 2017. Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said Wednesday that relatives of the half brother of North Korea's ruler may be too scared to help police investigating his mysterious poisoning death in Kuala Lumpur. A man claiming to be the victim's son, meanwhile, appeared in an online video saying he and his family were safe in a location he did not reveal. Razak spoke a day after a stunning diplomatic breakdown involving the investigation into Kim Jong Nam's killing, with North Korea barring Malaysians from leaving its territory and Malaysia responding in kind. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)  (The Associated Press)

  • North Korean Embassy counselor Kim Yu Song walkis to a car inside North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, March 9, 2017.  Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said Wednesday that relatives of the half brother of North Korea's ruler may be too scared to help police investigating his mysterious poisoning death in Kuala Lumpur. A man claiming to be the victim's son, meanwhile, appeared in an online video saying he and his family were safe in a location he did not reveal. Razak spoke a day after a stunning diplomatic breakdown involving the investigation into Kim Jong Nam's killing, with North Korea barring Malaysians from leaving its territory and Malaysia responding in kind.(AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

    North Korean Embassy counselor Kim Yu Song walkis to a car inside North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, March 9, 2017. Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said Wednesday that relatives of the half brother of North Korea's ruler may be too scared to help police investigating his mysterious poisoning death in Kuala Lumpur. A man claiming to be the victim's son, meanwhile, appeared in an online video saying he and his family were safe in a location he did not reveal. Razak spoke a day after a stunning diplomatic breakdown involving the investigation into Kim Jong Nam's killing, with North Korea barring Malaysians from leaving its territory and Malaysia responding in kind.(AP Photo/Vincent Thian)  (The Associated Press)

The United Nations says two of its employees who were among 11 Malaysians stuck in North Korea because of a travel ban have left the country.

The two work for the World Food Program in North Korea.

Jane Howard, the WFP coordinator for global issues, said they arrived in Beijing on Thursday morning.

North Korea this week banned Malaysians from leaving its territory in a stunning breakdown in diplomatic ties. Malaysia responded in kind.

The dispute is connected to the Feb. 13 killing of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korea's ruler, at the Kuala Lumpur airport. Pyongyang has said the investigation is politically motivated.

Although Malaysia has never directly accused North Korea, many have speculated that Pyongyang orchestrated the attack.