UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told Nikkei Asian Review June 11 that the country’s embassy in Pyongyang, North Korea will reopen.

Diplomatic relations between the two countries were severed after Kim Jong Un’s half-brother was assassinated at Kuala Lumpur airport in February 2017.

The trial is still ongoing for the two women accused of smearing Kim Jong Nam’s face with a nerve agent.

Both the U.S. and South Korea claim Kim Jong Nam’s death was arranged by Pyongyang.

Following the attack, Malaysia closed its embassy and banned travel to North Korea.

On Monday, Mohamad spoke optimistically about the summit between North Korea and the U.S.

He said, “We should take North Korea at face value and get it to participate in international negotiations to moderate the rigid attitude it had before.”