UAE ends N. Korea diplo­matic mis­sion

The Asian Age - - Asia -

Dubai: The United Arab Emi­rates said on Thurs­day it was end­ing the mis­sion of North Korea’s non-res­i­dent am­bas­sador and ter­mi­nat­ing its own en­voy’s ser­vices in Py­ongyang, the for­eign min­istry said in a state­ment car­ried by state news agency WAM. The UAE would also stop is­su­ing new visas or com­pany li­cences to North Korean cit­i­zens, WAM added. Sev­eral thou­sand North Korean work­ers re­side in the U.S-al­lied Gulf re­gion, mainly work­ing on con­struc­tion sites. “The mea­sures... come within the con­text of its obli­ga­tion as a re­spon­si­ble mem­ber of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to strengthen the in­ter­na­tional will and to stop the pro­lif­er­a­tion of nu­clear weapons and mis­sile pro­grams”, the min­istry said. US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump urged UN mem­ber states last month to turn up the pres­sure on North to give up its nu­clear weapons. — Reuters

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