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Malaysia expels North Korean ambassador

Free Malaysia Today logo Free Malaysia Today 4/3/2017 FMT Reporters
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has ordered the North Korean ambassador to leave the country, hours after he was summoned by Wisma Putra.

Kang Chol is now declared persona non grata, and must leave the country in 48 hours.

“Malaysia will react strongly against any insults made against it or any attempt to tarnish its reputation,” Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said in a statement tonight.

The decision comes as ties between both countries took a blow in the wake of the murder of Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of the North Korean dictator, in Sepang on Feb 13.

Pyongyang has protested a Malaysian murder investigation into his death, with police naming an embassy officer as suspect.

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