North Korea cut its diplomatic relations with Malaysia, accusing it of committing a “grave hostile act” against it, after a Malaysian court ruled that a North Korean citizen could be extradited to the United States to face charges of money laundering..
The Korean Central News Agency quoted the North Korean Foreign Ministry as saying on Friday that Malaysia “has caved in to US pressure. It will bear full responsibility for all the consequences that will occur between the two countries.”
The Malaysian “New Straits Times” newspaper quoted the Chargé d’Affairs of the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Kim Yoo-sung, as saying that Pyongyang intends to close its embassy in the Malaysian capital as soon as possible. It was not possible to obtain comment from the Malaysian Foreign Ministry on these reports.
And Bloomberg News reported that North Korea has maintained good diplomatic relations with Malaysia for decades as two members of the Non-Aligned Movement, which was founded during the Cold War era in the 1960s, but relations between the two countries worsened after the killing of North Korean leader Kim’s half-brother, Kim. Jong Un during a nerve gas attack at Kuala Lumpur Airport in 2017, as there was speculation about the North Korean leader’s involvement in this crime.
Malaysia’s largest court earlier this month ruled in favor of extraditing Moon Chul Myung, a North Korean citizen living in Malaysia, to the United States on charges related to money laundering, and his lawyers say the charges are politically motivated..
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