‘WHY DID YOU GIVE N.KOREA ‘VISA FREE’ IN THE FIRST PLACE’: GUAN ENG TELLS NAJIB TO SEEK U.N. HELP BEFORE HOSTAGE IMPASSE WORSENS

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia should move a resolution to the United Nations as North Korea has breached the Vienna Convention, says Lim Guan Eng .

He also called for Malaysia to sever ties with Pyongyang.

In condemning the move by North Korea to block Malaysian citizens from leaving the country, the Penang Chief Minister said it was uncivilised.

“We definitely condemn North Korea. I think we should move a resolution to the UN because this is against the Vienna Convention.

“Preventing Malaysians from leaving … is wrongful and forceful imprisonment.

“We definitely support the move by the Federal Government to secure the immediate release of our Malaysians there,” he said.

The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations is an international treaty that defines a framework for diplomatic relations between independent countries, according to Wikipedia.

It specifies the privileges of a diplomatic mission that enable diplomats to perform their function without fear of coercion or harassment by the host country.

As of February 2017, it has been ratified by 191 states. North Korea signed the treaty in 1980.

The DAP secretary-general, in calling Malaysia to sever ties with North Korea, said it was not necessary to maintain a relationship with them.

“Nobody in their right mind will go to North Korea anyway. It’s best to sever ties,” said Guan Eng.

“Definitely a county not worth having any diplomatic ties with. I don’t know why we gave the county visa-free access because there is not much trade and all that,” he said at when met at the Parliament lobby on Tuesday.

Earlier Tuesday, the Malaysian Government banned North Korean embassy staff and officers from leaving the country, in response to Pyongyang temporarily banning all Malaysian citizens from leaving North Korea.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has called for North Korea to release all Malaysian citizens immediately to avoid any further escalation of the diplomatic row between the two countries.

He has also summoned an emergency meeting of the National Security Council.

ANN

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