[아시아엔=캄보디아/소팔 차이 <아시아엔> 프놈펜 특파원, 서울/서의미 기자] 캄보디아 언론들은 지난 13일 말레이시아에서 발생한 북한 김정은 노동당 위원장의 이복 형인 김정남 피살사건과 관련해 실시간으로 보도하고 있다.
남북한과 동시수교를 맺고 있는 캄보디아 정부측은 16일 현재 특별한 입장을 밝히고 있지 않다.
<프놈펜포스트> <크메르타임즈> 등 주요 신문들은 15일자에 이어 16일자에서도 1면 머릿기사와 2~3면에 걸쳐 김정남 피살사건을 대서특필하며 자세히 보도하고 있다. 방송들 역시 프라임 타임에 톱뉴스로 다루고 있다.
Cambodia Media join the World counterpart for Kim Jong-un’s haft-brother’s murder
Like other foreign media outlets around the globe, the Cambodian both offline and online media run their international stories on the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, North Korean President Kim Jong-un’s haft-brother, on the Valentine’s Day of 14 February in Malaysia Airport.
Since the Kingdom has diplomatic relations with both North and South Koreas, there is no any comment from the Cambodian government officials on the killing of Kim Jong-nam, 45, who was born from Late President Kim Jong–il with Sung Hae-rim, a popular South Korean-born actress in the 1960s and died in Moscow on 18 May 2002 at aged?65.
Though the North Korean government has no much activity in Cambodia, the newly appointed Korean Ambassador, Jang Yun Gon, who met with Cambodian Minister of Foreign Affair and International Relations in mid-January this year said that although the international circumstance has changed Cambodia and North Korea have their strong bilateral relationship and remains unchanged.
However, Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn told Jang Yun Gon that as a member of the UN, Cambodia strongly called on the North Korean government to completely respect the UN’s decision and urged the North to comply with all concerned parties to resolve tensions through peaceful negotiation.
While Cambodian King has his private residence in Pyongyang provided by the North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Il-sung, the North Korean Embassy in Cambodia is located next to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house and the embassy was a villa where late King Norodom Sihanouk was born on October 31, 1922.
Chhay Sophal, AJA member in Phnom Penh, Cambodia