Malaysia mulls ceasing embassy in N. Korea

By P PREM KUMAR & DASHVEENJIT KAUR / Pic By TMR File

Malaysia is planning to close its embassy in North Korea, as the government evaluates ties with the Korean regime led by Kim Jong-un (picture).

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak said the government is considering shutting the Malaysia n embassy in North Korea’s capital Pyongyang, as well as ceasing all diplomatic, political and economic relations with the country.

“Malaysia has taken steps to comply with all United Nations (UN) resolutions relating to the threat of North Korea,” he said in response to Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing, who asked the government to state the outcome of Najib’s recent working visit to the US.

Threatened by North Korea’s actions of carrying out nuclear and ballistic missile test programmes, Najib said both countries expressed concern over the safety and security in the Asia-Pacific region.

“I have stated that Malaysia has taken the necessary steps to comply with all UN resolutions relating to the threat of North Korea by reducing the number of diplomatic officers in the country.

“Malaysia has also introduced a visa for North Korean citizens to enter the country,” he said.

Malaysia’s ties with North Korea have not been good since the murder of Kim Jong-nam at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, led by two foreign women. He was identified as the estranged half-brother of Jong-un.

Malaysia’s envoy to North Korea was recalled days after Jong-nam’s death on Feb 13, while the other embassy staff were held hostage by the administration led by Jong-un.

At the peak of the crisis, the Malaysian government expelled North Korea’s ambassador to Kuala Lumpur by giving Kang Chol 48 hours to leave the country.