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North Korean Ambassador Declared Persona Non Grata By Malaysia

By March 6, 2017 at 5:21 am
North Korean ambassador to Malaysia has been deemed persona non grata (Photo : Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

North Korean ambassador to Malaysia, Kang Chol, has been declared as persona non grata by the Southeast Asian country's government. Malaysia's Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman announced that he was asked to leave the country within 48 hours.

The foreign minister said in a statement that the ambassador had failed to meet with the Ministry's Bilateral Affairs deputy secretary general Raja Nushirwan Zainal Abidin. They were supposed to have a meeting on Saturday at 6 p.m.

"Neither the ambassador nor senior officials of the Embassy were in a position to be present at the Ministry," he said. Because of this, he has been declared as persona non grata or "an unwelcome person" and is prohibited from entering or remaining in a particular country by that country's government.

Anifah also revealed that officials from the Foreign Affairs Ministry, led by the Bilateral Affairs deputy secretary general, met with officials from North Korea last Tuesday. In their meeting, the Malaysian government demanded a written apology from the reclusive country for the accusations made against Malaysia by the DPRK ambassador.

If no response was received by 10 p.m. on that day, the DPRK delegation was warned that the Malaysian government will be taking measures that would protect its interests. Kang caused, even more, tension in the relationship between North Korea and Malaysia after he criticized the latter for refusing to release Kim Jong-Nam's body.

No apology was submitted and it seemed that none was coming. "It should be made clear - Malaysia will react strongly against any insults made against it or any attempt to tarnish its reputation," Anifah said.

Kim Jong-Nam was killed at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb. 13. Malaysia found, after the autopsy, that the victim was killed by a lethal nerve agent called VX. However, a representative from North Korea has denied the Malaysian health authority's latest report about Kim Jong-Nam's death, saying that Kim died from a heart attack.

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