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North Korea breaks off diplomatic relations with Malaysia

Pyongyang - North Korea breaks off diplomatic relations with Malaysia in protest against the extradition of a North Korean to the US. North Korea's foreign ministry accuses the Malaysian government of having committed a "shameful act and an unforgivable serious crime". The North Korean concerned was innocent, it said in the statement published by the state media on Friday.

The highest court in Malaysia had ruled last week that a North Korean businessman living in the country could be extradited to the US, who accused him of banned exporting luxury goods to North Korea and money laundering. North Korea is subject to harsh international sanctions because of its nuclear weapons program.

North Korea threatens consequences

Malaysia's actions have destroyed the "basis of bilateral relations based on respect for sovereignty," North Korea said. In view of the grave situation, "the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea have announced the complete severance of relations." At the same time, the US Department threatened to pay a "price due" for it. The US is the mastermind and the "main culprit for this incident".

A fatal poison attack on the half-brother of North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-nam, in February 2017 at Kuala Lumpur airport had severely strained relations between Malaysia and North Korea. It was suspected that North Korea's secret service was behind the attack. (APA, March 19, 2021)