Ri Tong-il (리덩일), a former Deputy UN ambassador for North Korea, is supposed to be the new DPRK ambassador to Malaysia. Ri Tong-il studied at the University of International Studies and at the School of Foreign Languages in Pyongyang. He was studying with Ri Kil-song, a MOFA DPRK official. The nomination of Ri Tong-il to Kuala Lumpur is clearly a sign that DPRK authorities have no new diplomats to submit. Ri Tong-il is also supposed to discuss PR issues over Kim Jong-nam’s death.