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North Korea Cuts Malaysia Ties After Citizen Extradited to U.S.

  • Vows revenge for what it called a ‘super-large hostile act’
  • Ties have suffered since 2017 murder at Kuala Lumpur airport
The North Korean Embassy compound in Kuala Lumpur in 2017.

The North Korean Embassy compound in Kuala Lumpur in 2017.

Photographer: Rahman Roslan/Getty Images 

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Kim Jong Un’s regime cut off diplomatic relations with Malaysia, accusing it of a “super-large hostile act” after its top court ruled a North Korean man can be extradited to the U.S. face money-laundering charges.

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry on Friday accused Malaysia of acting “in subservience to the U.S. pressure,” and said it “will bear full responsibility for all the consequences to be incurred between the two countries,” according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency.