North Korea closes embassy in Malaysia

North Korea has closed its embassy in Malaysia after announcing that it is cutting ties with Kuala Lumpur over the extradition of a North Korean citizen to the United States for alleged money laundering.

The embassy was closed on Sunday. A North Korean diplomat read out a statement to the media, criticizing the extradition as an unpardonable crime.

The diplomat warned Malaysia will bear all responsibility for all the consequences to be incurred between the two countries.

A bus believed to be carrying diplomats and their families left for an airport.

The Malaysian government ordered North Korean embassy staff and their families to leave the country following Pyongyang's announcement on Friday.

The two countries previously had friendly relations. But their ties strained after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, was murdered at a Malaysian airport in 2017.