Malaysia's Prime Minister Says N. Korea is Rude
SEOUL, Feb. 21 (Yonhap) -- Malaysia's Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on Tuesday criticized a North Korean ambassador's remarks that cast the Southeast Asian state's probe in the recent murder of the communist state's leader's half brother as politically motivated.
According to Malaysia's media outlet, the New Straits Times, Najib called the remarks by Kang Chol, the North's top envoy to Malaysia, "diplomatically rude," saying his country's authorities are investigating the death of Kim Jong-nam "objectively."
Kim, the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was poisoned to death by two women at an airport in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 13. He is largely believed to have been assassinated under the North Korean leader's directive.
"(Malaysia) will (not) be pressured or bullied," the media quoted Najib as saying during a press conference. "The ambassador's remarks are considered to be diplomatically rude on his part."
Ambassador Kang has accused Malaysian investigators of carrying out a probe with a "political aim."
Also during the press conference, the prime minister urged the North to help Malaysian authorities to "find out the truth," according to the New Straits Times.