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Diplomatic tension threatens North Korea vs Malaysia match

Geopolitical tensions can easily spill onto sports arenas in a continent as vast and as richly diverse as Asia.

The assassination of Kim Jong Nam, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's exiled half brother, in a crowded Malaysian airport last week has captivated the region and had another flow-on effect - threatening to derail an Asian Cup qualifier between North Korea and Malaysia in Pyongyang next month.

North Korea has been critical of Malaysian authorities during the investigation. Malaysia has recalled its ambassador from the North Korean capital, and the head of the Malaysian police said there was evidence the banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent was used in the murder.

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