KUALA LUMPUR – Movement of vehicles entering and exiting the North Korean embassy has left dozens of media personnel in front of the building in a state of anxiety.
This was amid action by the Foreign Ministry to declare North Korean ambassador Kang Chol as a “persona non grata”, following several accusations made by the envoy against Malaysian government regarding the murder of Kim Jong-Nam.
The ministry had given Kang Chol 48 hours starting 6pm Saturday to leave the country.
However, media who had been waiting in front of the embassy since last night were left disappointed as Kang Chol was nowhere to be seen.
As of 1pm, several cars bearing diplomatic number plates were seen coming in and out of the embassy here in Jalan Batai, Bukit Damansara.
Embassy counsellor Kim Yu-Song was among embassy staff seen leaving the building grounds around 10.55am, and returned about an hour later.
Agressive conduct of foreign and local media in the coverage has left some of the embassy’s staff upset over the whole situation.
This was visible when one of the staff in a white Alphard accelerated and honked as he was exiting the embassy to chase the media away early this morning.
Media personnel had been staking out in front of the embassy since the news of Jong-Nam’s murder broke out on Feb 13. There had been several minor confrontations between embassy staff and the media since then.
Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, was killed on Feb 13 by two women using the highly toxic liquid nerve agent VX at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) departure hall. He was about to leave for Macau.
Persona Non Grata literally means “Person Not Appreciated”. A person declared as such by the receiving State is barred from entering or remaining in the country.