Proposal for M’sian embassy in Beijing to handle diplomatic matters with North Korea

Minister of Foreign Affairs Datuk Seri Anifah Aman

KOTA SAMARAHAN: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will seek the Federal Cabinet’s approval to allow the Malaysian embassy in Beijing to handle diplomatic matters related to North Korea.

Its Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said this is because there is no Malaysian ambassador in Pyongyang and the government has no plans to deploy anyone there at the moment.

“The ministry will file recommendation papers in the coming Cabinet meeting for the Malaysian embassy in Beijing to be accredited to North Korea. Any matters pertaining to Malaysia and North Korea will be handled by our embassy from Beijing,” Anifah said after attending the ‘Issues and Challenges in Managing Malaysia’s Foreign Relations’ dialogue session at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) today.

On Sept 28, the ministry issued a ban on all Malaysians traveling to North Korea which will be enforced until further notice.

The dispute stems from the mysterious poisoning death of the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Feb 13 at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2.