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North Korea Cuts Ties With Malaysia Over US Extradition

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A car goes out of the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, March 19, 2021. North Korea on Friday said it was cutting diplomatic ties with Malaysia to protest a recent court ruling that allows a North Korean citizen to be extradited to the United States to face money laundering charges. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

(AP) — North Korea has announced the termination of diplomatic ties with Malaysia over its decision to extradite a North Korean criminal suspect to the United States. It’s the latest development in growing animosity between Washington and Pyongyang as the North ramps up pressure on the Biden administration over a nuclear standoff. North Korea’s Foreign Ministry says the U.S.-imposed money laundering charges against a North Korean national living in Malaysia are an absurd fabrication orchestrated by the U.S. Malaysia has long been regarded as one of North Korea’s key hubs for trade, labor exports and some illicit businesses. Experts say North Korea is taking a tough stance over the extradition that it views as part of American efforts to apply pressure on North Korea.

 

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