NAJIB REAPS FIRE WITH CLUMSY EXPULSION OF ENVOY: JITTERY PM NOW CALLS FOR EMERGENCY MEETING, ORDERS TIT-FOR-TAT BAN ON N.KOREANS IN M’SIA

KUALA LUMPUR — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has summoned an emergency meeting of the National Security Council amid a tense diplomatic stand-off with North Korea that has left 11 citizens stranded in Pyongyang.

He condemned Pyongyang for “effectively holding our citizens hostage” in total disregard of all international law and diplomatic norms and demanded their immediate release.

“I call upon the North Korean leadership to immediately allow our citizens to leave to avoid any further escalation,” he said in a statement today.

He said Malaysia is a peace-loving nation and is committed to maintaining friendly relations with all countries.

“However, protecting our citizens is my first priority, and we will not hesitate to take all measures necessary when they are threatened,” he said in a statement today.

Najib also said he has instructed Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to prevent all North Korean citizens here from leaving the country until the government is assured of the safety and security of Malaysians in North Korea.

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