Alhamdulillah, I have been briefed that our people in North Korea are safe and able to continue with their daily routines. Our strong focus on resolving this issue will not change.
I pledge that the government will do everything possible to ensure that our citizens continue to be safe and will be able to return to Malaysia.
We will not relent from our firm approach. Yesterday, the emergency National Security Council meeting that I convened upheld our decision not to allow any North Koreans to leave Malaysia.
This is a sensitive issue. Therefore, the government has decided that all negotiations and discussions will be conducted behind closed doors. As of now, I can only disclose that the government is in the process of establishing the reasons and motives behind the actions of North Korean.
Diplomatic relations between Malaysia and North Korea will not be severed, as we need to continue communicating with them to find a solution.
Insya-Allah, this situation will be resolved and our people who are detained in North Korea will soon be able to return home safely.