On Sunday, during a pre-match conference for the upcoming Asian Cup qualification match between Malaysia and North Korea, tensions were exceptionally high – not between the football players, but between the Malaysian media who were there covering the event and a North Korean translator.
According to Bernama
, during the Q&A session, the visibly annoyed North Korean translator reportedly interrupted members of the media to correct them on how they should address the communist country.
“Do not call us North Korea, there is no North Korea,”
the North Korean official reportedly told the members of the Malaysian press.
It turns out that they wanted to be addressed via their official name – the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and they want everyone to stop referring to them as North Korea.
The translator was assisting the country’s football captain Kim Yu Song during the press conference.
Malaysia is set to meet North Korea again for the qualification match on Monday, 13 November, 8pm local time in Thailand after the match was postponed a few times following the Kim Jong-Nam assassination in KL that caused the relations between the two countries to sour.