North Korea managed to repatriate the body of Kim Jong Nam and three of its citizens.
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There might well have been some corks popping in Pyongyang Friday.The two bits of news may not exactly qualify as happy endings even for Pyongyang.The political demise of Park was – one would imagine – particularly sweet for Pyongyang.The equally bizarre saga in Malaysia came to a head Thursday night with a political deal that allowed nine Malaysians in North Korea to return home.In exchange, Malaysia not only allowed more than 300 North Koreans to return home, but also granted Pyongyang's most important demand – custody of Kim Jong Nam's body – and even allowed three people sought for questioning who had been holed up at the North Korean Embassy to leave the country. The men were expected to have returned to Pyongyang Friday after being seen transiting Beijing airport.Malaysia's police chief declined to say who in Kim Jong Nam's family wrote the letter asking that his body be brought back to North Korea. No North Koreans have been formally charged in connection with the killing, though four suspects who left Malaysia the day Kim died remain at large.
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