North Korea orders Malaysian ambassador out

North Korean Ambassador to Malaysia Kang Chol, second from right, arrives at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia on March 6, 2017. Malaysia is protecting its “sovereignty and dignity” by expelling the North Korean ambassador, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday, as relations between the countries frayed over the poisoning of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader. (Associated Press/Vincent Thian)

Kuala Lumpur | Mon, March 6, 2017 | 08:29 pm

North Korea has ordered Malaysia’s ambassador out of the country in a tit-for-tat after Malaysia expelled North Korea’s envoy over the death of Kim Jong-nam at Kuala Lumpur’s airport.

The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said Monday that the Malaysian ambassador has been labeled persona non grata and ordered to leave within 48 hours.

On Saturday, Malaysia ordered North Korean Ambassador Kang Chol to depart within 48 hours after he criticized Malaysia’s handling of the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Kang told reporters Monday as he prepared to leave at Kuala Lumpur’s airport that Malaysia was taking “extreme measures” that would do “great harm” to bilateral relations.

Malaysia had already announced on Feb. 20 that it was recalling its ambassador to North Korea “for consultations.”

Source; TheJakartaPost

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