MALAYSIA WON’T DECLARE WAR ON N.KOREA, SAYS HISHAM: BUT CAN HE GUARANTEE JONG-UN WON’T DECLARE WAR ON MALAYSIA?

The North Korea flag flutters next to concertina wire at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 9, 2017. REUTERS/Edgar Su

MUAR – The diplomatic row between Malaysia and North Korea will not result in a war between the two nations, said Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

“If we look at North Korean geopolitics within the Korean peninsular and United States, it is much worse compared with Malaysia.

“I have not received any emergency reports about North Korea,” said the Defence Minister when met on Saturday after officiating the Muar Umno meeting at the division headquarters here.

Hishammuddin added that the Government was still pursuing diplomatic channels to solve their issues with North Korea.

He pointed out that negotiations were currently ongoing to find a solution to the issues.

“Cabinet has recently decided on two main issues and the safety of our citizens currently stranded in Pyongyang is our top priority.

“The other thing is to ensure the investigation into Kim Jong-nam’s death is done transparently to find the truth,” he said.

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Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was murdered at the KL International Airport 2 (KLIA2) on Feb 13 after two women smeared a chemical, identified as VX nerve agent, on his face.

North Korea has condemned Malaysia’s handling of the case, and accused Malaysia of colluding with South Korea in the investigation.

On Tuesday, North Korea barred Malaysians from leaving the country, which led to Malaysia doing the same to North Korean citizens here.

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