North Korea Embassy in Malaysia still under siege

North Korea Embassy in Malaysia still under siege
Read all about it: Yu-song collecting a copy of The Star at the gate of the North Korean Embassy in Damansara Heights.
PHOTO: The Star/ANN

For residents living near the North Korea Embassy in Bukit Damansara, it has been a whirlwind period since the death of Kim Jong-nam.

Their neighbourhood has been invaded by pressmen, day and night, rain or shine.

But they appear to be taking it all in their stride.

"Traffic has always been messy here," said a resident, who declined to be named, citing typical Malaysian behaviour such as motorists who parked their cars indiscriminately to go to the nearby shops.

An 80-year-old retiree was even more understanding.

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"It is also not easy for all of you. Journalism is a tough job," said the man, who also did not want to be named.

Yesterday, the frenzy continued as pressmen kept an eagle eye out for signs of the North Korean ambassador to Malaysia, Kang Chol, who has been ordered to leave the country.

In the morning, the embassy's counsellor Kim Yu-song came out to collect a copy of The Star that was delivered at the gate. As expected, he did not utter a word.

Several people drove in and out of the compound, ignoring the press.

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At 5.20pm, pandemonium ensued when Ri Tong-il, the former North Korean ambassador to the United Nations, and Kim Song, who led a delegation from Pyongyang to meet with Wisma Putra officials on Tuesday, left in a car with the window wound down.

There was a driver and another unidentified man inside the car.

Ri spoke in Korean to some of the journalists. The South Korean media, ever helpful, translated what Ri said: "He said he was going shopping."

Then at 7.45pm, another commotion broke out when Yu-song drove out with a man, a woman and a girl.

The man's face was blocked by a bag.

Their identities remained a mystery.

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