(TargetLiberty.org) – In 2017, North Korean President Kim Jong-un’s estranged half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, was assassinated with a nerve agent in Kuala Lumpur’s airport. North Korea has long been suspected of arranging the murder, but, has not officially been blamed. In the four years since the attack, its relationship with Malaysia has been in question.
As of March 19, the countries no longer have a strained relationship — they have no diplomatic ties at all. The North Korean government decided to sever ties with Malaysia on Friday.
The move came after a Malaysian court agreed to extradite a North Korean man, Mun Chol Myong, to the US to face charges of money laundering. Two days later, the embassy was closed in Kuala Lumpur and its diplomats were shuttled to a flight to take them to Shanghai, China.
North Korea severed diplomatic ties with Malaysia after that country’s highest court agreed to extradite a North Korean man accused of money laundering to the U.S.
The extradition is part of Washington’s efforts to choke Pyongyang’s illicit trade. https://t.co/YAmV55sTBr
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 19, 2021
Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the decision to expel the diplomats and close the embassy was a response to North Korea’s “unilateral and utterly irresponsible decision,” referring to the latter country’s choice to cut diplomatic ties. He said his country will not tolerate meddling by another nation in its “internal affairs.”
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