KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia is willing to hold talks with North Korea to find an amicable solution in light of escalating diplomatic tensions between the two countries.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Malaysia should not look at cutting ties with the republic, echoing an earlier statement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak on the matter.
“Actually, their delegation is still in town, and not back yet in Pyongyang. Wisma Putra will be discussing with them to resolve the matter amicably.
“Of course (we are willing to open talks),” he said yesterday, adding that the public should wait for an official statement by Najib on the matter.
Ahmad Zahid said the government also believed that its North Korean counterparts would act rationally despite tensions brewing between the two nations.
He said Malaysia would only be put on high alert if the threat by Pyongyang grew.
“So far, we believe they are going to act rationally. And we believe what’s important is for us to maintain our diplomatic relationship with them.
“What’s also important is the security of our citizens in Pyongyang. And I think they are also concerned with the safety of their citizens here,” he said.
Ahmad Zahid was speaking to the press at the lobby of the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) after an event, here, today.
The relationship between the two countries took a turn for the worse after the murder of Kim Jong-Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un in Kuala Lumpur about three weeks ago.