Chinese ambassador hopes Malaysia-North Korea crisis will be resolved amicably


SEPANG: China has expressed hope that the Malaysia-North Korea crisis leading from the murder of a man, reported to be Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, would be resolved amicably.

"We wish Malaysia and North Korea could friendly resolve the problem," China's Ambassador to Malaysia, Dr Huang Huikang told reporters here today.

Earlier, he presented 'Chinese Ambassador Scholarship' to 10 Malaysian students from Xiamen University Malaysia campus here today.

However, Huang declined to elaborate further.

Diplomatic ties between Malaysia and North Korea became strained following Jong-nam's murder at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) on Feb 13.

Jong-nam, who travelled with a passport bearing the name of Kim Chol, was waiting for his flight to Macau when two women suddenly wiped his face with a liquid which was later identified as an VX nerve agent.

Geopolitical expert Professor Dr Azmi Hassan said China was seen to be the best choice to be the mediator to resolve the crisis between Malaysia and North Korea as it had close ties with both countries.

Azmi said Beijing had a very strong influence over Pyongyang, and Beijing also trusted Kuala Lumpur, so this made the superpower the ideal party to resolve the crisis. - BERNAMA