‘Tit-for-tat move expected in diplomacy’
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.