SEOUL (REUTERS, AFP, THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - North Korea said on Monday (March 6) it has designated the Malaysian ambassador to the country as "persona non grata" and demanded the envoy leave the country within 48 hours from 10am on Sunday, its official KCNA news agency said.
The move came even though the Malaysian diplomat had already been withdrawn by his own government for consultations. He had arrived back in Malaysia on Feb 22.
Malaysia on Saturday expelled North Korea's ambassador from Malaysia in a diplomatic row over a probe into the bizarre airport killing of North Korean leader's half-brother. He was flying home via Beijing on Monday.