PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) has called on Malaysians, including the Opposition, to unite and support the Government’s efforts in facing the crisis with North Korea.

Saying that the strength of a country is measured by the unity of her people, the Prime Minister said this was not the first time Malaysia has gone through difficult times involving diplomatic ties with other countries.

“Crises such as MH370, MH17 and the Lahad Datu incursion have proven that Malaysia has the experience in handling complicated foreign powers,” he wrote on his blog, on Friday.

Najib stressed that although Malaysia has always maintained cordial diplomatic relations with other countries, this did not mean that one should take it for granted by abusing it.\

“They should not break the law and disrespect Malaysia’s sovereignty,” he said.

The Government is currently negotiating the release of nine Malaysians who were barred from leaving Pyongyang until the investigations into the murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half brother, Kim Jong-nam are concluded.

On Thursday, two Malaysians who work for the United Nations’ World Food Programme in North Korea were allowed to leave for China.

The murder of Jong-nam, in KL International Airport 2 (KLIA2) on Feb 13 has sparked a diplomatic row between Malaysia and North Korea.

Malaysian authorities insisted that Jong-nam was killed by VX nerve agent, which was smeared on his face by two female assassins.

However, Pyongyang, led by its North Korean Ambassador Kang Chol, persisted with its allegations that Malaysia was “colluding” with others in the murder.

A high-level delegation, which arrived from Pyongyang, also rejected an autopsy finding that its citizen “Kim Chol” – the name that Jong-nam travelled by – was poisoned and had instead died of a heart ailment without giving any proof.