He can­not hide in the North Korean em­bassy for­ever, says deputy home min­is­ter

New Straits Times - - News - LAILI IS­MAIL KUALA LUMPUR

NORTH Korean am­bas­sador Kang Chol has lost his diplo­matic sta­tus in the eyes of Malaysia and has to com­ply with the or­der to leave the coun­try.

Deputy Home Min­is­ter Datuk Nur Jazlan Mo­hamed said Kang would be de­ported if he failed to leave by 6pm to­day.

“If Kang de­cides to hide at the North Korean em­bassy here, he would not be able to do so in­def­i­nitely.

“The North Korean em­bassy in Kuala Lumpur is a sov­er­eign ter­ri­tory for their cit­i­zens, (so) en­force­ment of­fi­cers can­not en­ter with­out per­mis­sion. If we do, it would be tan­ta­mount to an act of war.

“He will not be able to hide in the em­bassy for­ever. It is bet­ter that he sur­ren­ders vol­un­tar­ily to the Im­mi­gra­tion De­part­ment so that he can be sent back,” he told the New Straits

Times yes­ter­day. On whether it was pos­si­ble that en­force­ment of­fi­cers would go af­ter Kang should he re­main in Malaysia, Nur Jazlan said: “I think he will leave.”

Foreign Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ani­fah Aman had, on Satur­day, de­clared Kang per­sona non grata and gave him 48 hours to leave the coun­try af­ter fail­ing to meet the min­istry’s deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral for bi­lat­eral af­fairs, Raja Nushir­wan Zainal Abidin.

He also re­vealed that Wisma Pu­tra’s of­fi­cials had met a high-level North Korean del­e­ga­tion last Tues­day dur­ing which the Malaysian gov­ern­ment de­manded a writ­ten apol­ogy from North Korea for the ac­cu­sa­tions thrown at it by Kang.

The de­mand was for the let­ter to be handed in by 10pm that day, but af­ter four days, no such apol­ogy was forth­com­ing.

Late Satur­day evening, Wisma Pu­tra is­sued a state­ment declar­ing Kang per­sona non grata and giv­ing him un­til 6pm to­day to leave the coun­try.

Kang had lev­elled sev­eral ac­cu­sa­tions at Malaysia fol­low­ing the mur­der of Kim Jong-nam on Feb 13. Among them was that Malaysia was col­lud­ing with coun­tries hos­tile to North Korea, such as South Korea and the United States.

He had also said that Malaysian po­lice could not be trusted to carry out Jong-nam’s mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion and that the gov­ern­ment was in vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional diplo­matic laws.

Datuk Nur Jazlan Mo­hamed

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