Pyongyang’s Malaysia envoy on way home

The Associated Press

North Korean Ambassador to Malaysia Kang Chol, center, arrives at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia on Monday.

AFP-Jiji KUALA LUMPUR (AFP-Jiji) — North Korea’s expelled ambassador fired a final salvo at Malaysia on Monday over its probe into the assassination of the half-brother of Pyongyang’s leader, describing the investigation as biased.

Speaking at Kuala Lumpur International Airport before his flight was due to leave, ambassador Kang Chol disparaged what he called a “pretargeted investigation by the Malaysian police.”

South Korea has blamed the North for the murder, citing what it says was a standing order from leader Kim Jong-Un to kill his exiled half-brother who may have been seen as a potential rival.

Before the ambassador left for the airport, police armed with assault rifles had cordoned off the entrance to North Korea’s embassy, with police vehicles and motorcycle outriders parked nearby.

Malaysia declared Kang persona non grata on Saturday and gave him 48 hours to leave the country after he failed to apologize for his criticism of the investigation.


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