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Newsline: North Korean ambassador leaves embassy after expulsion from Malaysia

North Korean ambassador Kang Chol left the embassy premises here this afternoon after Malaysia expelled him. News reports said he left in his official vehicle, a Jaguar, and was believed to be headed to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). National newswire Bernama reported that Kang arrived at KLIA and was registered, together with his family, for a 6.25pm flight to Beijing, China. Wisma Putra declared Kang a “persona non grata” Saturday after the North Korean ambassador suggested that Malaysia had “colluded with outside powers” and had allegedly tried to hide the truth in the death of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. North Korea has refused to identify its citizen — named “Kim Chol” on his passport — as Jong-nam. Kang failed to show up or send a representative when the Foreign Ministry summoned him last Saturday. Jong-nam was killed at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) on February 13. Two foreign women — a Vietnamese and an Indonesian — were charged with his murder. Diplomatic ties between Malaysia and North Korea have since soured. Malaysia recently revoked the visa-free status for North Korean visitors.



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