N. Korean am­bas­sador ex­pelled for com­ments

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

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.

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