Malaysia-North Korea Row Escalates Over Kim Jong-nam

North Korea’s Ambassador to Malaysia Kang Chol North Korea’s Ambassador to Malaysia Kang Chol

Malaysia has summoned the North Korean ambassador over his accusation that it was conspiring with “hostile forces” as it investigates the murder of leader Kim Jong-un’s half-brother.

Malaysia also recalled its envoy to Pyongyang after a spat erupted when North Korean demands to hand over the body of Kim Jong-nam were rejected, Aljazeera reported.

“The ministry emphasized that as the death occurred on Malaysian soil under mysterious circumstances, it is the responsibility of the Malaysian government to conduct an investigation to identify the cause of death,” a foreign ministry statement said after a meeting with the North Korean ambassador.

Ambassador Kang Chol last week accused Malaysia of colluding with “hostile forces” to damage the North, after rival South Korea said Pyongyang had orchestrated the airport attack.

“North Korea has said it cannot trust the Malaysian police investigation into the death,” Pyongyang’s ambassador said on Monday after being summoned in the wake of the assassination of Kim Jong-nam.

“It has been seven days since the incident, but there is no clear evidence on the cause of death and at the moment we cannot trust the investigation by the Malaysian police,” Kang Chol told reporters.

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