N. Korea must learn to respect other nations: DPM


KOTA KINABALU: North Korea must learn to take into account the interests of other nations and international citizens when approaching sensitive, complex and far-reaching issues, such as the assassination of Kim Jong-nam.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the North Korean government seems to have regarded the ongoing investigation into Jong-nam’s death as a matter pertinent only to them.

Zahid stressed that North Korea needs to learn to respect other countries.

"They have to respect our diplomatic ties... This is not just about North Korean citizens… We have to look into the interests of international citizens.

"There are other friendly states that are facing issues with North Korea too. As international citizens, we must cooperate with each other and not manipulate an issue," he said to reporters after attending a closed-door meeting with State Umno leaders and members here.

Zahid said North Korea regards the Jong-nam case as an “internal matter”, but the government should understand the international implications of the murder, and be more "outward-looking".

On North Korea's ambassador Kang Chol being declared “persona non grata”, he said it was a decision made by the federal Cabinet.

"We have to send a very loud and clear message to the North Korean government that we are serious in addressing the problem.

"Don't ever manipulate the issue, because the stand made by the ambassador has shown that they are doing (exactly that). We have done our investigation in a professional manner," Zahid added.