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M'sia vs N Korea football meet postponed for third time

M'sia vs N Korea football meet postponed for third time”

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

Malaysia has banned its citizens from traveling to North Korea as the country faces increasing diplomatic pressure over its weapons programs.

Malaysia has banned its citizens from travelling to North Korea "until further notice", the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday. It is not now clear whether they will be affected by this travel ban.

Malaysia is one of North Korea's few remaining diplomatic partners even though bilateral tensions escalated after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's estranged half brother Kim Jong-nam was mysteriously killed at the Kuala Lumpur airport in February.

Malaysia's original match with North Korea was scheduled for March 28
Malaysia's original match with North Korea was scheduled for March 28

As a result, the match has been postponed for a third time, since its original scheduled date of March 28. "The AFC will now refer the matter to the appropriate committees to decide on the future status of this match". Though the move, which was far from surprising, immediately led to a flood of headlines, it needs to be understood within the broader context of Malaysia's ties with North Korea and ongoing developments affecting both sides.

But the Asian body gave the all-clear earlier this month after Lebanon played in Pyongyang in an incident-free Asian Cup qualifier.

The travel ban prompted the region's football governing body to postpone for the third time an Asian Cup qualifier match between Malaysia and North Korea scheduled for October 5 in Pyongyang.

FAM secretary-general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin said the training camp which was scheduled to start this Saturday in Johor Bahru, before the national squad fly to Pyongyang on Oct 3 (Tuesday), was shifted to Sunday at Wisma FAM.



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