Malaysians held in NoKor return home

Apr 02, 2017, 00:59
Malaysians held in NoKor return home

McCain called Kim a "crazy fat kid", in a recent interview with Greta Van Susteren, resulting in North Korea issuing a statement through its state-run news service, the Korean Central News Agency, that said McCain's statements were an affront to the "dignity" of Kim Jong Un.

The move came after Malaysia and North Korea struck a deal this week to end a diplomatic stand-off over the February 13 murder of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un.

They believe it is VX, a substance so risky it is classified as a weapon of mass destruction, but it is not clear how much they have consulted with allies, or shared their findings with the worldwide organisations that monitor chemical and biological weapons.

A North Korean foreign ministry spokesman told KCNA that McCain's comments were "blasphemy".

Those bans have now been lifted, and the nine Malaysians held in North Korea have now returned home.

Awang Azman said the good relations between Malaysia and North Korea was established during the late Tun Abdul Razak Hussein's tenure as the Prime Minister.

Malaysian police investigating what United States and South Korean officials say it was an assassination carried out by North Korean agents took statements from the three before they were allowed to leave the country. "It will harm the relationship between the two countries". Police chief Khalid said the North Korean embassy had at first confirmed the identity, but changed its stance the next day.

Kim Jong Nam, who had been living in exile in the Chinese territory of Macau for several years, survived an attempt on his life in 2012, according to South Korean lawmakers.

More importantly, Malaysia has always been a key site for illegal arms component acquisition and weapons trading by North Koreans operating through a number of front companies.

After Malaysian authorities named eight North Korean suspects, Pyongyang claimed the investigation was corrupted by South Korean influence.

Whether Malaysia would have used the potential loss of this cover as a negotiating gambit is unclear.

"They have clarified themselves and we are done with them".

"We hope they don't create a case like this again", Mr Najib told reporters in the southern city of Chennai.

But he said North Korea should never resort to unlawful action and go against global law and convention again.

Such bad behaviour, when set alongside the North's nuclear and missile tests, as well as its increased ability to threaten its neighbours, suggests that conscious, premeditated provocation, rather than impulsiveness, may be part of the intentional strategy of Kim Jong-un.

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