Malaysia–North Korea relations

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Malaysia–North Korea relations
Map indicating locations of Malaysia and North Korea


North Korea

Malaysia–North Korea relations (Korean: 말레이시아 - 북한 관계 ; Malay: Hubungan Malaysia–Korea Utara) refers to foreign relations between Malaysia and North Korea. Malaysia has an embassy in Pyongyang,[1] and North Korea has an embassy in Kuala Lumpur.[2]


Relations between the two countries has started since 30 June 1973.[3] The North Korean embassy has been opened in Kuala Lumpur since 2003 and in 2009 Malaysia has become the first and the only country that can travel to North Korea without a visa.[4] In 2013, the supreme leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un received an honorary doctorate from a Malaysian university.[5][6]

Economic and tourism relations[edit]

North Korea also imported refined oil, natural rubber and palm oil from Malaysia.[7] Currently, North Korea is working together with Malaysia's tourism sector to promote travel to North Korea; since 2001, more than 1,000 Malaysians have visited North Korea.[4] In 2011, North Korea has opened an air route to Malaysia to attract more tourists from the country.[8] Recently, Malaysia's Bernama News Agency reported that the two countries will enhance co-operation in information-related areas.[9]


  1. ^ "Official Website of Embassy of Malaysia, Pyongyang". Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "EMBASSY OF THE DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF KOREA". Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "DPRK Diplomatic Relations". The National Committee on North Korea. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Fazleena Aziz (9 March 2009). "Only Malaysians can visit North Korea without a visa". The Star. Archived from the original on 23 January 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Kim Jong Un Receives Honorary Doctorate From Malaysian University". Huffington Post. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Greg Lopez (23 October 2013). "Malaysia to build bridges with North Korea". New Mandala. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  7. ^ North Korea Handbook. M.E. Sharpe. January 2003. pp. 627–. ISBN 978-0-7656-3523-5. 
  8. ^ "N.Korea opens new air route with Malaysia". My Sinchew. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Malaysia-North Korea To Enhance Information Cooperation". NK News. Retrieved 24 January 2014.