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Malaysia: Ambassador's expulsion is a warning to North Korea

  • FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2017 file photo, North Korea's Ambassador to Malaysia Kang Chol speaks to the media outside the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says the expulsion of North Korea’s ambassador was to warn Pyongyang that they cannot manipulate Malaysia’s investigation into Kim Jong Nam’s murder. The government on Saturday, March 4, 2017 declared Ambassador Kang Chol persona non grata and gave him 48 hours to leave the country after he refused to apologize over strong accusations against Malaysia. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2017 file photo, North Korea's Ambassador to Malaysia Kang Chol speaks to the media outside the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says the expulsion of North Korea’s ambassador was to warn Pyongyang that they cannot manipulate Malaysia’s investigation into Kim Jong Nam’s murder. The government on Saturday, March 4, 2017 declared Ambassador Kang Chol persona non grata and gave him 48 hours to leave the country after he refused to apologize over strong accusations against Malaysia. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2017 file photo, North Korea's Ambassador to Malaysia Kang Chol speaks to the media outside the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says the expulsion of North Korea’s ambassador was to warn Pyongyang that they cannot manipulate Malaysia’s investigation into Kim Jong Nam’s murder. The government on Saturday, March 4, 2017 declared Ambassador Kang Chol persona non grata and gave him 48 hours to leave the country after he refused to apologize over strong accusations against Malaysia. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2017 file photo, North Korea's Ambassador to Malaysia Kang Chol speaks to the media outside the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says the expulsion of North Korea’s ambassador was to warn Pyongyang that they cannot manipulate Malaysia’s investigation into Kim Jong Nam’s murder. The government on Saturday, March 4, 2017 declared Ambassador Kang Chol persona non grata and gave him 48 hours to leave the country after he refused to apologize over strong accusations against Malaysia. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)  (The Associated Press)

Malaysia says its expulsion of North Korea's ambassador was intended to warn Pyongyang that it cannot manipulate the investigation into the killing of the North Korean leader's half brother.

Malaysia's government on Saturday gave Ambassador Kang Chol 48 hours to leave the country after he refused to apologize for his strong accusations over Malaysia's handling of the investigation into the Feb. 13 killing of Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur's airport.

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was quoted by national news agency Bernama as saying Sunday that Kang's expulsion was a "clear message to the North Korean government that we are serious about solving this problem and we do not want (the investigation) to be manipulated."