Malaysian Prime Minister reiterated on the eve of the anniversary of Kim Jong's assassination to us alienated half-brother that the country still has a "problem" with North Korea.
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad also said his government was ready to settle with North Korea, two years after the regime had carried out the Malaysian assassination on Malaysian soil.
Kim Jong Nam was murdered at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia by two women who allegedly sprayed a deadly neurotoxin on his face. He died shortly after the attack.
It was one of the most prominent murder cases of the communist regime. Experts said the murder was executed by order of the country leader because the estranged half-brother was a prominent critic of his family's rule.
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The assassination triggered a fast international response against North Korea. The US government classified the country as a state sponsor of terrorism. Later, additional sanctions were introduced, with the murder being one of the reasons.
Malaysia's prime minister was ready to address and solve his country's problems with North Korea.
"We have a problem with North Korea after the death of the North Korean here," Mahathir said, according to Channel NewsAsia.
"Malaysia will solve its problem later with North Korea," he added. "If we open our message again, we will solve the problem later."
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Malaysia reportedly closed its embassy after the attack and has not been active since April 2017. The PM recently said that Malaysia may try to re-open the embassy and resume its relations with North Korea.
The PM also commented on the much anticipated second summit between President Trump and the North Korean leader this month in Hanoi.
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"Any attempt by a country to work with Malaysia is welcomed. What we do not want to see is confrontation and conflict, "he said.