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N Korea expels Malaysian envoy over airport killing

Row over assassination of Kim Jong Nam at KL airport escalates

Pyongyang

NORTH Korea said on Monday it would expel Malaysia's ambassador in a tit-for-tat move after Pyongyang's envoy left the South-east Asian nation in an increasingly bitter row over the assassination of Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

"The Foreign Ministry of the DPRK (North Korea) notifies that the Malaysian ambassador to the DPRK is labelled as a persona non grata... and demanded that the ambassador leave the DPRK," state news agency KCNA said, giving a 48-hour deadline.

Malaysia had earlier recalled its envoy to Pyongyang for consultations as the two countries traded barbs over an investigation into the killing of the North Korean leader's half-brother last month.

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