March 06, 2017 09:07
The Malaysian government on Saturday gave North Korean ambassador Kang Chol 48 hours to leave amid suspicions that Pyongyang was behind the assassination of Kim Jong-nam at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb. 13.
In a statement, Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman declared Kang persona non grata. He must leave Malaysia by 6 p.m. Monday.
The decision came two days after Malaysia scrapped visa-free entry for North Koreans and weeks after it recalled its own envoy to Pyongyang.
Kang infuriated Malaysian authorities by saying police findings in the killing were politically motivated, and denouncing his host country for colluding with South Korea.
Kang ignored a request to appear at the Malaysian Foreign Ministry and apologize, the ministry said.
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