Hornbill Unleashed

March 8, 2017

The unravelling of ties between North Korea and Malaysia

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Malaysian police stand guard in front of the North Korean embassy in Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur after the government imposed a ban on its diplomats from leaving the country on March 7, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaNorth Korea barred Malaysians from leaving the country today, sparking tit-for-tat action by Malaysia, as police investigating the murder of Kim Jong-nam in Kuala Lumpur sought to question three men hiding in the North Korean embassy.

Following is a chronology of ties between the two countries.

1973 — Malaysia and North Korea establish diplomatic ties.

1995 — Malaysia hosts talks between the United States and North Korea over freezing North Korea’s nuclear programme.

2009 — Malaysia becomes first country whose citizens are allowed to travel to North Korea without a visa. North Koreans get the same privilege.

2011 — North Korea’s state airline, Air Koryo, opens a route to Malaysia to attract more tourists.

2013 — Malaysia’s HELP university confers an honorary doctorate degree on North Korea Leader Kim Jong-un.

Feb 13 — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, is murdered at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Feb 15 — US government believes North Korean agents were behind the murder, US government source says.

Feb 15 — China had been protecting Kim Jong-nam, according to South Korea’s spy agency.

Feb 15 — North Korea’s leader had “standing order” to kill Kim Jong-nam, South Korean lawmaker says quoting Seoul’s intelligence agency.

Feb 16 — Malaysian police arrest Vietnamese and Indonesian women in murder case.

Feb 19 — Malaysian police say four North Korean suspects left the country the same day of the murder.

Feb 20 — North Korean ambassador says Malaysia trying to delay release of victim’s body for “political aim”, says police investigation cannot be trusted.

Feb 22 — Malaysia identifies North Korean embassy official, employee of state airline among suspects.

Feb 22- Malaysia says no family members of Kim Jong-nam have come forward to identify body or give DNA samples.

Feb 23 — North Korea blames Malaysia, South Korea for death of one of its citizens.

Feb 24 — Police say VX nerve agent, a chemical the UN classifies as a weapon of mass destruction, was used to assassinate Kim Jong-nam.

Feb 26 — Malaysia declares Kuala Lumpur International Airport a “safe zone” after completing decontamination sweep.

Feb 27 — South Korean lawmaker says airport assassins were from North Korea’s ministry of state security and the foreign ministry.

March 1 — Malaysia charges Indonesian and Vietnamese with Kim Jong-nam’s murder.

March 2 — North Korea says heart attack likely killed airport victim.

March 4 — Malaysia rejects suggestions it may have violated UN sanctions after a Reuters report said North Korea-linked firms were running an arms network in the country.

March 4 — Malaysia deports North Korean suspect in Kim Jong-nam’s murder, saying it had insufficient evidence to charge him.

March 6 — Malaysia cancels visa waiver programme.

March 6 — Malaysia expels North Korean ambassador Kang Chol.

March 6 — Malaysia asks that an Asian Cup football qualifier against North Korea be moved from Pyongyang to a neutral venue.

Source : @ Reuters



  1. How come our beloved, diligent, intelligent, efficient ministers never think about the consequences when they expelled Kang Chol, North Korea’s envoy to Malaysia?

    What precautions did they take for Malaysians in North Korea before they expelled the envoy?

    Comment by FF77 — March 8, 2017 @ 10:12 AM | Reply

    • tiu…soh hai you, we are Glabally number 1 in CORRUPTION, it seems these mini stars are BUSY planning how to con, rob…etc Nation’s coffer lah…lol, i think these mini stars bolih buka Colleges teaching how to Corrupt $$$…lol

      Comment by tiuniamah — March 10, 2017 @ 9:46 AM | Reply

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