North Korean diplomats have vacated their embassy in Malaysia and are making ready to depart the nation, after the 2 nations minimize diplomatic relations in a spat over the extradition of a North Korean legal suspect to the US.
The North Korean flag and embassy signage have been faraway from the premises in a Kuala Lumpur suburb.
Two buses ferried the diplomats and their households on Sunday to the airport, the place they had been seen checking in for a flight to Shanghai.
Ties between North Korea and Malaysia have been just about frozen because the 2017 assassination of the estranged half brother of North Korean chief Kim Jong-un at Kuala Lumpur Worldwide Airport.
Two days after Kuala Lumpur extradited a North Korean man to the US to face cash laundering prices, a livid North Korea on Friday introduced it was terminating ties with Malaysia.
Malaysia denounced the choice and in a tit-for-tat response, gave North Korean diplomats 48 hours to depart.
Kim Yu Music, the cost d’affaires and counsellor in Kuala Lumpur, stated Malaysia had “dedicated an unpardonable crime”.
Echoing Pyongyang’s earlier assertion, he accused Malaysia of being subservient to the US and being a part of a US conspiracy geared toward “isolating and suffocating” his nation.
“The Malaysian authority delivered our citizen to the US in the long run, thus destroying the foundations of the bilateral relations primarily based on respect of sovereignty,” he stated in a brief assertion outdoors the embassy, earlier than heading to the airport.
North Korea has known as the cash laundering prices an “absurd fabrication and (a) sheer plot” orchestrated by the US and warned Washington will “pay a due worth”.
Some consultants say slicing ties with Malaysia was North Korea’s method of displaying anger with US President Joe Biden’s administration, with out jeopardising an eventual return to nuclear negotiations with Washington.
North Korea has insisted it will not interact in talks with Washington except it abandons what Pyongyang’s perceives as a “hostile” coverage.
However consultants say North Korea will ultimately search to return to diplomacy to seek out methods to get sanctions reduction and revive its moribund economic system.