Malaysia vs. North Korea Asian Cup qualifier postponed again by AFC


He declared that the U.S. is "totally prepared" to take a military option against North Korea, saying "it will be devastating" to Pyongyang.

The match was initially postponed in March due to escalating tensions between the two nations after the death of Kim Jong-nam, half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on February 13.

Even before the row erupted this year, though Malaysia had continued ongoing efforts to expand ties in specific fields like economics, culture, and education, that had not prevented it from also condemning North Korean missile tests or supporting United Nations resolutions sanctioning Pyongyang.

Malaysia were due to travel to North Korea on October 3 for the October 5 Asian Cup qualifier. Just $5 a month.

He said this following a meeting with North Korean envoy to Malaysia, Kim Yu Song.

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Malaysia's travel ban represents just the latest move undertaken by the Southeast Asian state with respect to the escalating North Korea situation.

Malaysia's foreign ministry cited "tensions on the Korean peninsula" as one of the reasons for the travel ban, although a similar ban was not announced for South Korea, a popular tourist destination.

The travel ban was later lifted by the Malaysian government but the match, rescheduled for June 8, was again postponed because AFC wanted "to monitor safety and security" aspects due to geopolitical tensions in the Korean peninsular. The foreign ministry announced the ban in a statement today and said it would last until further notice.

Malaysia may be further distancing itself from Pyongyang following weapons provocations.