Malaysia’s ambassador to North Korea Mohammad Nizan Bin Mohammad will return on Tuesday to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s foreign ministry said in statement on Monday.
The confirmation comes after an earlier denial by Malaysia’s embassy in North Korea that the Ambassador was going to be returning to his headquarters, as well as an interview with Russia’s TASS news agency that suggested he would be staying in-country.
“He’s still here, so far,” Counsellor Mohammad Nor Azrin Md. Zain told NK News on Monday afternoon by phone. “Now he is going out for routine meetings with diplomats.”
Asked whether the Ambassador would go back to Malaysia soon, the embassy’s counsellor said: “So far, no plans to go back yet.”
The Ambassador also told Russia’s TASS news agency on Monday that he was “still fulfilling my duty in Pyongyang”.
The denials came after mass media reports earlier in the day indicated that the Ambassador would be returning to Kuala Lumpur for consultations with the foreign ministry headquarters.
Malaysian police announced on Sunday that five more identified North Korean suspects and two unidentified North Koreans were involved in the murder of Kim Jong Nam, the now-deceased estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
However, North Korea’s embassy in Malaysia has described the investigation into the death as being conducted “out of political aim”.
This article was updated at 6:55pm KT to include new information provided by the embassy
This article was updated at 6.22pm KT to include a link to the Malaysian foreign ministry press release and incorporate comments published by TASS news agency.
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