Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said the country regrets having to end the search for Flight MH370 and will consider resuming the hunt if any new information emerges.
"Under the terms of the agreement, we no longer have anything to do with the Ocean Infinity search mission as it ended on May 29", he told reporters today.
Malaysia had signed a "no cure, no fee" deal with USA technology company Ocean Infinity to resume the hunt in January, a year after the official search by Australia, Malaysia and China was called off, and almost four years after the plane went missing.
"We have come to a stage where we can not keep searching for something we can not find", Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told reporters Wednesday.
The pulse detected by the Chinese ship had a frequency of 37.5kHz, the same as is emitted by flight recorders, and it was seen as one of the few hopeful moments in the first few weeks of the search for the Boeing 777, which went missing in the early hours of March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Meanwhile, Malaysia's transport minister, Anthony Loke, said a full report into MH370's disappearance would be published in the near future, but he did not give a date.
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The Malaysian government at the beginning of the week said its search agreement with Ocean Infinity had ended and would not be extended.
The initial surface search and the subsequent underwater search for the missing plane were the largest searches of their type in aviation history.
A group representing MH370 families has called for Malaysia to review all lof its findings.
"There simply has not been a subsea search on this scale carried out as efficiently or as effectively ever before".
'We sincerely hope that we will be able to again offer our services in the search for MH370 in the future, ' he added.
The official, $200 million search for the plane continued for 1,046 days until January 17, 2017 when it was suspended in accordance with a decision made by the governments of Malaysia, Australia and China.