Malaysian PM seeks justice for flight MH17 victims
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Malaysian PM seeks justice for flight MH17 victims

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has vowed to continue to seek justice for the victims of Malaysia Airlines plane shot down over Ukraine last year.

Najib told the U.N. General Assembly that Malaysia was “extremely disappointed” that Russia vetoed a Security Council resolution in July to set up an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for shooting down Flight MH17.

“We will continue to seek justice through other legal options because we owe it to the families of those who perished in this outrageous crime,” Najib said, without elaborating.


A man walks amongst the debris at the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine, last year. Pic: AP.

Ukraine and the West suspect the plane, traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was hit by a surface-to-air missile fired by Russian soldiers or Russia-backed separatist rebels. All 298 people on board died. Russia denies that.

Meanwhile, North Korea is offering what it calls “dramatic improvement” in the Korean peninsula’s security situation if the United States acts to replace the armistice there with a peace treaty.

Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong’s speech on Thursday to the U.N. General Assembly contained no surprises and very little of the icy rhetoric the nuclear-armed but isolated nation often uses in its statements to the world.


North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong, left, walks past U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Pic: AP.

Ri told the gathering of world leaders that North Korea is willing to hold “constructive dialogue” to prevent further conflict with South Korea if the U.S. can come up with the signing of a peace treaty. He called the offer “the best option we can afford.”

The two Koreas remain technically at war because the Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

India, meanwhile, said it is open to peace dialogue with Pakistan but demands the rival nation must “give up terrorism.”

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj delivered a tough response on Thursday to a four-point peace proposal made by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the assembly the previous day.

“We don’t need four points, we need just one. Give up terrorism and let us sit down and talk. This will resolve all the problems,” Swaraj said.

Among Sharif’s proposals was the formalization of a fraying 2003 cease-fire along the disputed frontier in Kashmir.