‘Tit-for-tat move ex­pected in diplo­macy’

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: North Korea’s de­ci­sion to ex­pel Malaysia’s am­bas­sador af­ter its en­voy left for Py­ongyang is a nor­mal re­cip­ro­cal ac­tion in diplo­macy.

For­eign Min­istry Bi­lat­eral Af­fairs deputy secretary-gen­eral Raja Nushir­wan Zainal Abidin said this in con­firm­ing that the Malaysian en­voy, Mo­hamad Nizan Mo­hamad, had been de­clared per­sona non grata.

“This re­cip­ro­cal ac­tion is nor­mal in diplo­macy.

“It should be noted that the Malaysian am­bas­sador has been re­called by the gov­ern­ment.

“He is in Malaysia and has been here for some­time now.”

The am­bas­sador was re­called on Feb 22 by Wisma Pu­tra for con­sul­ta­tions fol­low­ing the mur­der of Kim Jong-nam.

Mean­while, North Korea said it would ex­pel Nizan af­ter Py­ongyang’s en­voy, Kang Chol, left Malaysia, AFP re­ported.

“The For­eign Min­istry of the DPRK (North Korea) no­ti­fies that the Malaysian am­bas­sador to the DPRK is la­belled as a per­sona non grata... and de­manded that the am­bas­sador leave the DPRK,” state news agency KCNA said, giv­ing a 48-hour dead­line.

Malaysia also con­demned North Korea’s move to launch four bal­lis­tic mis­siles yes­ter­day, stress­ing it again man­i­fested its re­jec­tion of calls by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to cease such ac­tions.

The Malaysian For­eign Min­istry said it was a fla­grant vi­o­la­tion of mul­ti­ple United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions.

“This ac­tion has fu­elled re­gional tensions and again demon­strates North Korea’s dis­re­gard for the peace and se­cu­rity of the Korean Penin­sula, the re­gion and the world in gen­eral,” it said.

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