Malaysia's Foreign Ministry denounced North Korea's decision to sever diplomatic relations. The move was described as "unfriendly and unconstructive." As reported by The Star and Reuters on Friday (3/19/2021), Malaysia's statement was followed by a stance to terminate its Embassy in Pyongyang, North Korea.
Malaysia asked all diplomatic staff of the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur to leave their country within 48 hours.
"The government will order all diplomatic staff of the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur and their families to leave Malaysia within 48 hours," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
Malaysia's Foreign Ministry also confirmed that its country has confirmed the extradition of North Korean nationals. Mun Chol Myong, extradited according to the principles of legal supremacy, justice, and judicial independence.
"The Malaysian government should set aside the demarcation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea for the Malaysian executive regarding interference in our justice system and laws." Said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia responded to the North's decision regarding the termination of diplomatic relations with Malaysia.
According to the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mun was detained by a related party in Malaysia on 14 May 2019 according to a provisional arrest warrant. The letter was issued under Article 13 (1) (b) of the Extradition Act 1992 on charges of money laundering cooperation, and violations of UN sanctions. The act is also a violation of the law in Malaysia.
Malaysia's Foreign Ministry said it regretted North Korea's decision to sever diplomatic ties with Neighbouring Countries.
"Malaysia denounced the decision as unfriendly and unconstructive. Disrespect for the spirit of mutual respect and good neighborly relations among members of the international community. Malaysia considers North Korea to be a close partner in diplomatic relations since 1973," malaysia's Foreign Ministry said.
Neighboring countries say they always support and strengthen relations with North Korea. Although there was a case of the murder of Kom Jong-un's brother, Kim Jong-nam, in 2017.
"Malaysia was the first to do so, and always supported North Korea during their difficult times. Malaysia has made real efforts to strengthen relations with North Korea. Even after the heartbreaking assassination of Kim Jong-nam in 2017," malaysia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
"In this case, north Korea's one-sided verdict is clearly baseless, disproportionate and certainly interferes with the promotion of peace, stability and prosperity of our region," he added.