14th May 2019 – A North Korean citizen living in Malaysia for 10 years, Mr Mun Chol Myong was arrested in Malaysia following an extradition request from the USA. His alleged crimes were “sanctions violations by supplying prohibited items to North Korea” and “money laundering”
3rd March 2021 – Mr Mun Chol Myong, lost his final appeal in Malaysia’s top court against extradition to the United States to face money laundering charges.
17th March 2021 – Mr Mun Chol Myong was deported to the United States from Malaysia
19th March 2021 – North Korea issued a press release, lambasting Malaysia and severing ties over the extradition of their North Korean citizen to the USA.
The English press release from the DPRK Embassy in Singapore can be downloaded here:
The English and Korean language press release from North Korea is duplicated below:
Unfairness Would Not Escape from Stern Judgment of Fairness
Pyongyang, March 19 (KCNA) — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) issued the following statement on Friday:
On March 17, the Malaysian authority committed an unpardonable crime, in the end, of forcibly delivering the innocent citizen of the DPRK to the United States by having charged him with “criminal.”
This world-startling incident is an out-and-out product of anti-DPRK conspiracy created from the heinous policy of hostility by the United States aimed at isolating and suffocating our country and the pro-U.S. subservience by the Malaysian authority.
When it comes to our citizen in question, he was engaged for years in the legitimate external trade activities in Singapore, and therefore, it is absurd fabrication and sheer plot to argue that he was involved in “illegal money laundering.”
This can be illustrated by the fact that at the several trials held soon after the incident had happened, our Embassy in Malaysia and the lawyer made strong requests repeatedly for relevant “evidence of suspicion” relating to “illegal money laundering”, but the judiciary authority of Malaysia did not provide any single substantial evidence to prove it.
The entire progress of the incident, which has spanned over 670 days since the arrest of our citizen in broad daylight by faking up a preposterous plot, fully reveals that the Malaysian authority is no less than illegal and lawless riff-raff, bereft of an elementary legal virtue, to say nothing of the independent spirit.
The principal officials of the Malaysian legal authorities were all called to the drinking party arranged by the U.S. Ambassador in Malaysia shortly after the incident and left with a promise that they would receive huge gratuities, and there was even a bargaining for “free delivery of armaments.” This fact itself speaks more than enough to the abominable nature of the Malaysian authority which does not hesitate to throw away the fairness, morality and conscience for making a grab at a few amounts of dollars.
It is nefarious act and unpardonably heavy crime that the Malaysian authority – a government as it is nominally called, though, – offered our citizen as a sacrifice of the U.S. hostile move in defiance of the acknowledged international laws, not content with its blind acceptance of and obedience to the U.S. unjust pressure.
Unfairness would not escape from stern judgment of fairness.
This incident made by the Malaysian authority constitutes an undisguised alignment with and direct engagement in the anti-DPRK hostile maneuvers of the United States which seeks to deprive our state of its sovereignty and rights to existence and development.
The relations between the DPRK and the U.S. – the most hostile one on this planet – are technically in the state of war for over 70 years, and it turns out to be an undeniable reality.
It is not likely that the Malaysian authority does not know this stark reality.
Not content with putting our innocent citizen in the dock by blindly currying favor with the U.S. – the principal enemy of our state – the Malaysian authority delivered our citizen to the U.S. in the end, thus destroying the entire foundation of the bilateral relations based on the respect for sovereignty.
With regard to the grave situation that has prevailed, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK hereby announces total severance of the diplomatic relations with Malaysia which committed super-large hostile act against the DPRK in subservience to the U.S. pressure.
From this very moment, the Malaysian authority will bear full responsibility for all the consequences to be incurred between the two countries.
We warn in advance that the U.S. – the backstage manipulator and main culprit of this incident – that it will also be made to pay a due price.
불의는 정의의 준엄한 심판을 면치 못한다
(조선민주주의인민공화국 외무성 성명)
17일 말레이시아당국은 무고한 우리 공민을 《범죄자》로 매도하여 끝끝내 미국에 강압적으로 인도하는 용납 못할 범죄행위를 저질렀다.
만사람을 경악케 하는 이번 사건은 우리 공화국을 고립압살하려는 미국의 극악무도한 적대시책동과 말레이시아당국의 친미굴욕이 빚어낸 반공화국음모 결탁의 직접적산물이다.
문제의 우리 공민으로 말하면 다년간 싱가포르에서 합법적인 대외무역활동에 종사해온 일군으로서 그 무슨 《불법자금세척》에 관여하였다는것은 터무니 없는 날조이고 완전한 모략이다.
그것은 사건발생직후 진행된 여러차례의 재판들에서 현지 우리 대표부와 변호사측이 《불법자금세척》과 관련한 《혐의증거》를 제시할것을 말레이시아사법당국에 거듭 강력히 요구하였지만 그를 립증할만 한 똑똑한 물질적증거를 단 한번도 내놓지 못한것만 보아도 잘 알수 있다.
당치않은 모략을 날조하여 우리 공민을 백주에 체포한 때로부터 670여일에 이르는 사건 전 과정은 말레이시아당국이야말로 자주성은 고사하고 초보적인 법률적체모도 갖추지 못한 불법무법의 오합지졸에 불과하다는것을 만천하에 폭로해준다.
사건직후 말레이시아법기관들의 주요인물들이 현지 미국대사가 차린 술좌석에 줄줄이 불리워가 두툼한 사례금을 약속받고 《무장장비 무상제공》이라는 흥정판까지 벌려놓은 사실만 놓고보아도 몇푼의 딸라를 위해서라면 정의도, 량심도, 체면도 서슴없이 줴던지는 말레이시아당국의 추악한 진면모를 알고도 남음이 있다.
그래도 명색이 정부라고 하는 말레이시아당국이 미국의 부당한 압력에 맹신맹종하다 못해 공인된 국제법도 무시하고 우리 공민을 미국의 적대시책동의 제물로 섬겨바친것은 천인공노할 악행이고 용서받지 못할 대범죄이다.
불의는 정의의 준엄한 심판을 면치 못한다.
말레이시아당국의 이번 행위는 우리 국가의 자주권과 생존권,발전권을 침탈하려는 미국의 반공화국적대시책동에 대한 로골적인 편승이고 직접적인 가담으로 된다.
지구상에서 가장 적대적인 조미관계는 70여년동안 기술적으로 전쟁상태에 있으며 그것은 부정할수 없는 현실로 실증되고있다.
이 엄연한 사실을 말레이시아당국이 모를리 만무하다.
말레이시아당국은 우리 국가의 최대주적인 미국에 무턱대고 아부하여 죄없는 우리 공민을 피고석에 앉혀놓은것도 모자라 끝끝내 미국에 인도함으로써 자주권존중에 기초한 두 나라 관계의 기초를 여지없이 허물어버렸다.
벌어진 엄중한 사태와 관련하여 조선민주주의인민공화국 외무성은 미국의 강박에 굴복하여 우리 국가를 반대하는 특대형적대행위를 감행한 말레이시아 와의 외교관계를 완전히 단절한다는것을 선언한다.
지금 이 시각부터 쌍방사이에 초래될 모든 후과에 대한 책임은 말레이시아 당국이 전적으로 지게 될것이다.
이번 사건의 배후조종자, 주범인 미국도 응당한 대가를 치르게 될것임을 미리 경고해둔다.
주체110(2021)년 3월 19일
19th March 2021 – Malaysia’s foreign affairs ministry quickly denounced North Korea’s decision to sever diplomatic ties and described the move as “unfriendly and unconstructive”. The Malaysian foreign affairs ministry then released a press statement that Malaysia would close it’s Embassy in Pyongyang and also require all North Korean diplomats and their families to leave Malaysia within 48 hours
21st March 2021 – A bus was seen leaving the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur at approximately 11am. It is reported there were 33 North Koreans living at the embassy compound and they have made their way to the KLIA airport to leave the country. Issuing a statement before leaving, the DPRK Counsellor Kim Yu Song said that the Malaysian government will bear the consequences of what had transpired.
Kim Yu Song: “This incident is an outright product of an anti-DPRK conspiracy created from heinous policy by the United States”
Relations between long time friends, Malaysia and North Korea have already been strained in recent years after the assassination of Kim Jong Nam, which occurred on 13 February 2017.
The situation is developing…