North Korea to sever ties with Malaysia over extradition of citizen to US

WION Web Team
Pyongyang, North Korea Published: Mar 19, 2021, 09:05 AM(IST)

FILE PHOTO: The North Korea flag flutters next to concertina wire at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Photograph:( Reuters )

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On March 9, Malaysia`s top court ruled that a North Korean man, Mun Chol Myong, could be extradited to the United States to face money laundering charges, according to media reports.

North Korea said it would sever diplomatic relations with Malaysia in the wake of a court there ruling that a national could be extradited to the United States to face money laundering charges.

State media KCNA reported on Friday that North Korea's foreign affairs ministry warned Washington would "pay a price".

On March 9, Malaysia`s top court ruled that a North Korean man, Mun Chol Myong, could be extradited to the United States to face money laundering charges, according to media reports.

Mun had been arrested in 2019 after the United States accused him of laundering funds through front companies and issuing fraudulent documents to support illicit shipments to North Korea. He fought the extradition request, arguing that it was politically motivated.

The ministry called the extradition a "nefarious act and unpardonably heavy crime" by Malaysian authorities, who had "offered our citizen as a sacrifice of the US hostile move in defiance of the acknowledged international laws."

Malaysia's actions had destroyed "the entire foundation of the bilateral relations based on the respect for sovereignty," it said.

Kuala Lumpur's once-close ties with Pyongyang were severely downgraded after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un`s estranged brother, Kim Jong Nam, was killed at a Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017 when two women smeared his face with VX nerve agent, which the United Nations lists as a weapon of mass destruction.

"We warn in advance that the US - the backstage manipulator and main culprit of this incident - that it will also be made to pay a due price," KCNA reported.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken Thursday said that the administration of President Joe Biden would complete a review of its North Korea policy in the next few weeks in close consultation with allies.

(with inputs)

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