N. Korean ambassador expelled for comments
Malaysia is expelling North Korea’s ambassador for refusing to apologize for his strong accusations over Malaysia’s handling of the investigation into the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half brother.
Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said a notice was sent to the North Korean Embassy about 6 p.m. Saturday, declaring Ambassador Kang Chol persona non grata. The notice said Kang must leave Malaysia within 48 hours.
Earlier in the week, Malaysia demanded that North Korea formally apologize for Kang’s accusations over the investigation into the Feb. 13 killing of Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur’s airport, including that “the Malaysian government had something to hide and that Malaysia has colluded with outside powers to defame” North Korea, Anifah said in a statement.
He said that no apology had come and that none appeared forthcoming. He also said North Korean Embassy officials failed to turn up for a meeting Saturday at the Foreign Ministry, so Malaysia decided to expel the ambassador.
The death of Kim has unleashed a diplomatic battle between Malaysia and North Korea. Kang’s expulsion came just days after Malaysia said it would scrap visa-free entry for North Koreans.