UAE terminates diplomatic presence with North Korea

Elias Hubbard
October 13, 2017

The ministry reiterates that the UAE looks forward to a unified global front against N. Korea's nuclear weapons and missile programme. It also said the UAE will no longer issue new visas or corporate licenses to North Korean citizens.

Several thousand North Korean workers reside in the US-allied Gulf region, mainly working on construction sites.

The United Arab Emirates has terminated the diplomatic presence of the UAE non-resident ambassador to the Republic of North Korea and Pyongyang ambassador to the country, calling for a unified front against the Asian country's nuclear programme.

"Very happy to hear that", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said during a press briefing. "There are many countries that are taking those steps that we have asked (them) to take".

The ministry says the measures come within the context of its obligation as a responsible member of the worldwide community to join the effort to stop North Korea's proliferation of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program.

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted two sanctions resolutions against Pyongyang after its long-range missile tests in July and sixth nuclear test in September. It has already halted issuing visas to North Koreans wishing to work there and sent back the North Korean ambassador.

The UAE is home to some 1,300 North Korean workers, according to a South Korean diplomat. "Visas to North Korean nationals will not be renewed", it said.

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