Originally Posted by Sonny
I think Malaysia just made a wrong move. It presents the appearance they're also holding the others citizens as hostages.
Expecting to hear stupid people opine with, "Well they did it toooo!" .
"They did it tooo"
Usually a country expels the other country's diplomats. NK has gone way over the line by making them into hostages. Reciprocity is a common diplomatic tactic because short of sanctions or war, it is all they have. What else is Malaysia supposed to do? What do you think the US, China or Russia would do in these circumstances?
Conducting "wet" operations in another country's territory is a huge no-no. All things considered, Malaysia has shown remarkable restraint here. Note that NK could have offed him any time they wanted in Macau. They have tons of agents and mobsters there. But they didn't - most likely because that would have pissed China off so much that regime change would be on the table.
So instead they did it in one of the few other countries they had a decent relationship with. It appears there is no end of arbitrariness, stupidity and miscalculation on the part of NK's leadership, a frightening prospect given their possession of nukes and intermediate-range (maybe long-range) missiles.