Published:  12:00 AM, 21 March 2017

N Korea, Malaysia's diplomatic row


The diplomatic relationship between North Korea and Malaysia has been passing through some strenuous time of late. This sudden diplomatic row has arisen since the North Korean ruler Kim Jong-Un's half brother Kim Jong Nam was killed in a poison attack at the Kuala Lumpur airport on February 13.  The incident sparked diplomatic tension resulting in travel ban on each other's citizens. It has been reported that 45 years old Kim Jong Nam, an exile to the Chinese territory of Macau, was poisoned by a very rare kind of toxic substance by two women at Kuala Lumpur International Airport while waiting to board a flight bound for the Chinese territory of Macau. 

Malaysia has reportedly accused North Korea's diplomats of being the masterminds behind the killing. Malaysia, however, identified eight North Koreans, including three still in Kuala Lumpur, in connection with the killing. In turn, North Korea has criticized Malaysia's police and investigation system. Malaysia has taken some initiatives to ease the ongoing tension, and North Korea has also showed their willingness to start the negotiation process, said the Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman. Nevertheless, the terms and conditions from the North Korean side is yet to be disclosed, moreover no country has yet shown any willingness to be the mediator. This event is a worrisome one in the arena of international relations. First, it is worrying that such a substance that has been used shouldn't have been available to ordinary civilians.

It has been reported that even a single drop of the so called dangerous substance on the skin surface can cause a human being's death in minutes. And the way it was force applied on Kim Jong Nam in the so called secured area of the Kula Lumpur International Airport certainly raises question of security. Kula Lumpur International Airport is huge in size and every day numerous passengers arrive and depart to and from the airport. Security should have been more tight. For avoiding any future incidents as this, measures have to be taken that such toxic substance cannot be carried inside. It is also expected that the governments of the two countries would take necessary steps to end their diplomatic row, considering the geo-political position of the two countries. The relationship-if not taken care of soon, may have grave impact on regional as well as world politics.


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