North Korean diplomats in Malaysia closed down their embassy and left the country with their families last Sunday after Pyongyang severed diplomatic ties after a citizen was extradited to the US.
North Korean citizen Mun Chol Myong, who is wanted by US authorities on money laundering charges was handed over to authorities which prompted Pyongyang to announced it was terminating ties with Malaysia.
“This incident made by the Malaysian authority constitutes an undisguised alignment with and direct engagement in the anti-DPRK hostile maneuver of the United States which seeks to deprive our state of its sovereignty and rights to existence and development,” said Kim Yu Song, the charge d’affaires and counselor in Kuala Lumpur.
In response, Malaysia accused North Korea of attempting to meddle in its judicial system and ordered the diplomatic mission out of the country within 48 hours.
“The action by the Government of Malaysia has become a necessity in order to protect Malaysia’s sovereignty and safeguard our national interest,” explained Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein.
After the announcement, at least 30 North Korean diplomats and family members were driven to Kuala Lumpur International Airport in two buses who will be flown to China before returning to their home country.
The North Korean flag and embassy signage have been removed from the building in Kuala Lumpur while its gates have been chained.
Pyongyang warned that Washington and Malaysia will pay for their actions.
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