KUALA LUMPUR – March 6, 2017: North Korean envoy Kang Chol, who has lost his diplomatic status, will leave the country shortly.
A source from the foreign affairs ministry told The Mole that Kang will be boarding Malaysia Airlines flight MH360 to Beijing at 6.25pm today. From there he will head home to Pyongyang.
The ambassador was reported to have arrived at KL International Airport at 4:50pm.
News portal Malaysia Outlook reported that Kang was seen leaving the embassy in Bukit Damansara with his family at 3.56pm in an official car.
When speaking to reporters at the airport, Kang described Malaysia’s to expel him as an extreme move which can affect the bilateral relations built 40 years ago.
He was declared persona non-grata on Saturday and was given 48 hours to leave the country. The deadline expired at 6pm today.
This came after he failed to be present at the ministry on the same day, despite having been summoned.
The ambassador had previously alleged that the conduct of the investigation into the death of a North Korean on February 13 indicated that the Malaysian government had something to hide.
He was referring to the murder of Kim Chol, widely reported to be Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at KL International Airport 2.
He also suggested that Malaysia was colluding with outside powers to defame his country.