A North Korean ambassador in touch with the press

North Korean Ambassador to Indonesia An Kwang Il conveys his government’s positions on several issues, including nuclear armament, during a visit to The Jakarta Post in Jakarta on Tuesday.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

An Kwang-il replaced the former ambassador after a diplomatic misunderstanding. In september 2015, North Korea has abruptly recalled its ambassador to Indonesia after a series of events in the Southeast Asian nation about the human rights situation in the North.

North Korean Embassy staff last week disrupted seminars organized by South Korean and Indonesian activists in Jakarta, and the South Korean Embassy requested police protection.

Another event in Bandung on Friday went ahead without a hitch because of the police presence.

The North on Saturday replaced the ambassador, Ri Jong-ryul, with An Kwang-il, sparking speculation that Ri is being held to account for the éclat.

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