The Embassy of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Photo: VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) - Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said that his country will reopen its embassy in Pyongyang, a move expected to end the diplomatic row over the assassination of a citizen of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in Kuala Lumpur last year.

Mahathir unveiled the information in an interview with the Nikkei Asian Review published on June 11 during his trip to Japan.

Malaysia's once-close ties with the DPRK were severely downgraded after a man whose name in his passport is Kim Chol was killed at the Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017. Kim Chol was believed to be Kim Jong-nam, a half-brother of the DPRK’s leader Kim Jong-un.

Malaysia's embassy in Pyongyang has not been staffed since April last year, and the government had considered permanently closing it and moving services to its Beijing mission.

The move came just a day before the historic summit between the DPRK’s leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump in Singapore.

Following their talks, Trump and Kim issued a joint statement in which the US President promised to ensure security for the DPRK while the DPRK leader re-affirmed the commitment to absolute denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.-VNA