Thursday, 25 May, 2017

Chinese Ambassador Hopes Malaysia-North Korea Crisis Will Be Resolved Amicably

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Sammy Stanley | 13 March, 2017, 00:22

Ambassador Embrechts is a very experienced diplomat with previous service in the Netherlands Embassy in Seoul between 1993 and 1997, was Dutch Ambassador to Malaysia between 2005 and 2009, and has been Ambassador to South Korea since 2015. "This is way out of normal diplomatic practice".

At a news conference this week, Chinese foreign minister Wang Li said it was time to "flash the red light and apply the brakes" when it comes to North Korea.

The nine Malaysians still believed to be in North Korea are three embassy workers and their family members.

"It's the North Korean way of doing things - dramatic intimidating gestures and then waiting for the other side to plead for some concessions", said Leszek Buszynski, a national security scholar at Australian National University who has written extensively on North Korean diplomacy.

According to the group's website, the group actively hides its web footprint in its efforts to assist high-level North Korean defectors escape the country and protect them in situations like Kim Han-sol's.

Malaysia has a remarkably open border, inviting visitors from across the region, and thousands of North Korean labourers have been employed in Malaysia.

It was not clear, however, what would constitute a "fair settlement".

However, two Malaysian employees of the UN World Food Programme were permitted to leave and arrived in Beijing on Thursday, according to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Four are suspects who are believed to be back in their home country.

Abe said he had told Trump that Japan was willing to take on a "large role and responsibility to enhance the deterrence provided by the Japan-US alliance".

Of course, the North Koreans know an actual military confrontation would be end of the Kim dynasty, and the end of their country as an entity. "Definitely somebody will come out", Khalid said. "However this does not mean that any of them can abuse the good treatment that Malaysia has given all these while and to break our countries' laws or to do as they wish without respecting Malaysia as a sovereign nation", he said.

Jong-nam was murdered at KLIA2 after two women smeared a chemical, identified as the VX nerve agent, on his face.

Custody of the body has become a flashpoint.

Malaysia had previously been referring to the victim as Kim Chol - the name used on Kim Jong Nam's North Korean passport - and had refused to make an alternate declaration on his identity until DNA evidence was provided.

He said thus far there was no regulation limiting the length of time the body could be kept in a hospital.

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