North Korean diplomats leave Malaysia after ties cut

(VOVWORLD) -North Korea's diplomats in Malaysia shuttered their embassy and flew home on Sunday, after Pyongyang severed diplomatic ties over the extradition of a citizen to the US, Malaysian media reported.

North Korean diplomats leave Malaysia after ties cut  - ảnh 1Kim Yu Song (centre) counsellor at the North Korean embassy in Malaysia (C) announces his decision to leave Malaysia outside the embassy in Kuala Lumpur, March 21, 2021. Photo: AP

A total of 33 people, including some children, arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Sunday afternoon and flew on Shanghai Airlines flight FM886 to Shanghai Pudong Airport on the same day. They then transited in Beijing before resuming their journey to North Korea.

North Korea on Friday announced that it was terminating ties with Malaysia after the Southeast Asian country extradited North Korean citizen Mun Col Myong to the US. Malaysia asked all diplomats of the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and their relatives to leave the country within 48 hours from Friday. Malaysia's Foreign Ministry also announced that it would close its embassy in Pyongyang.