North Korean diplomatic staff ordered to leave M’sia within 48 hours

Malaysia deeply regrets North Korea’s decision to sever diplomatic ties.

Malaysia deeply regrets North Korea’s decision to sever diplomatic ties with Malaysia, the Foreign Ministry (Wisma Putra) said today (March 19).

“Malaysia denounces the decision as unfriendly and unconstructive, disrespecting the spirit of mutual respect and good neighbourly relations among members of the international community,” the ministry said in a statement.

Malaysia is now compelled by the decision of the North Korean government to close the Malaysian Embassy in Pyongyang, the operation of which had already been suspended since 2017.

Wisma Putra also said the Malaysian government will issue an order for all the diplomatic staff and their dependents at the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur to leave Malaysia within 48 hours from today.

According to media reports, Pyongyang announced on Friday that it would sever diplomatic relations with Malaysia after a Malaysian court early this month ruled that a North Korean businessman could be extradited to the United States (US) to face money laundering charges.

BERNAMA / MALAYSIAKINI

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