North Korea envoy’s allegations are diplomatically rude – PM Najib

 |Feb 21, 2017
PM Najib said North Korea Ambassador Kang Chol's (pic left) criticism as “totally uncalled for” and diplomatically rude.
PM Najib described North Korea Ambassador Kang Chol’s (pic left) criticism as “totally uncalled for” and diplomatically rude.

The criticism and baseless allegations by the North Korea Ambassador Kang Chol on Malaysian police probe into the death of Kim Jong-nam are “totally uncalled for” and diplomatic rude, said Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Najib stressed out that Malaysia was not a pawn of any country and would advocate the rule of law in investigating the death of alleged North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half-brother.

“The ambassador’s remarks are considered to be diplomatically rude on his part,” Najib told newsmen after launching the open interview programme for the 1Malaysia Training Scheme for the central zone in Kuala Lumpur today.

As a sovereign country, the prime minister said that Malaysia will not bow down to pressures or be bullied to take any inappropriate action.

“We are just being very objective.

“We are firm with our principles to find out the truth about a crime which was committed in Malaysia,” said Najib when asked about the relationship between Malaysia and North Korea following Kang Chol’s criticisms.

“They (North Korea) should help us to find out the truth.

“That is more important rather than making baseless allegations,” Najib said.

The premier said that Malaysia has been having good ties with North Korea and had no reason to paint a negative image of that country.

On Monday February 13, Jong-nam, whose name was stated as Kim Chol in his passport, was reported to have died on the way to Putrajaya hospital after complaining about feeling unwell at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2.

He was scheduled to travel to Macau.