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The Latest: North Korea Orders Malaysian Ambassador out

The Latest: North Korea Orders Malaysian Ambassador out

Monday, 06 March 2017 07:38 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Latest on Malaysia's investigation into the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother (all times local):

7:15 p.m.

North Korea has ordered Malaysia's ambassador out of the country in a tit-for-tat after Malaysia expelled North Korea's envoy over the death of Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur's airport.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency said Monday that the Malaysian ambassador has been labeled persona non grata and ordered to leave within 48 hours.

On Saturday, Malaysia ordered North Korean Ambassador Kang Chol to depart within 48 hours after he criticized Malaysia's handling of the murder of Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Kang told reporters Monday as he prepared to leave at Kuala Lumpur's airport that Malaysia was taking "extreme measures" that would do "great harm" to bilateral relations.

Malaysia had already announced on Feb. 20 that it was recalling its ambassador to North Korea "for consultations."

6:15 p.m.

Malaysia's soccer association says the government has barred the national team from traveling to North Korea for a match because of security concerns.

Malaysia is due to play Pyongyang on March 28 for the Asian Cup 2019 qualifying match.

Association secretary-general Hamidin Mohamad Amin said in a statement Monday that Malaysia's expulsion of North Korean Ambassador Kang Chol has "made the current situation unsafe for Malaysians to travel to North Korea for the moment."

Hamidin said the association has written to the Asian Football Confederation to ask for the venue to be shifted from Pyongyang to a neutral arena.

5:55 p.m.

The North Korean ambassador expelled from Malaysia over his criticism of its investigation into the killing of the half brother of North Korea's leader says Kuala Lumpur was taking "extreme measures" that will do "great harm" to bilateral relations.

Ambassador Kang Chol spoke briefly Monday to a chaotic crowd of reporters as he entered the airport a few hours before the deadline Malaysia gave him to leave.

Kang had accused Malaysia of conspiring with North Korea's enemies, and did not respond to Malaysian demands that he apologize. He defended his comments Monday, saying Malaysian officials had conducted an autopsy over Pyongyang's objections and arrested a North Korean who has since been released for lack of evidence.

North Korea disputes Malaysia's determination that the victim was killed by the nerve agent VX. Malaysia has rejected the North's contention that he may have suffered a heart attack.

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The Latest on Malaysia's investigation into the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother (all times local):7:15 p.m.North Korea has ordered Malaysia's ambassador out of the country in a tit-for-tat after Malaysia expelled North Korea's envoy over the death...
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