Kuwait reaf­firms com­mit­ment to UN res­o­lu­tions on N Korea

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - KUWAIT:

The Kuwaiti For­eign Min­istry has re­jected re­cent me­dia re­ports on the ex­is­tence of large North Korean ex­pa­tri­ate work­ers in Kuwait. The State of Kuwait is com­mit­ted to the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion on eco­nomic em­bargo on North Korea, an of­fi­cial source of the min­istry said. Re­spond­ing to me­dia re­ports in the United States that the Kuwaiti au­thor­i­ties con­tinue is­su­ing en­try visas for North Kore­ans, the source said the Min­istry cat­e­gor­i­cally re­futes the ex­is­tence of such al­leged numbers of work­ers.

He reaf­firmed that the Kuwaiti For­eign Min­istry, out of com­mit­ment to the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions re­lat­ing to eco­nomic em­bargo on North Korea, promptly set up a na­tional in­ter­a­gency com­mit­tee, to adopt and im­ple­ment the nec­es­sary mea­sures im­me­di­ately. Th­ese mea­sures in­clude sus­pend­ing the di­rect flights from and to North Korea; stop­ping the is­suance of en­try visas for North Korean work­ers; halt­ing the is­suance of com­mer­cial li­censes for and re­mit­tance to North Korea; block­ing any loans from Kuwait Fund for Arab Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment (KFAED) to and all forms of freight ship­ping from the country; and down­grad­ing North Korea’s diplo­matic rep­re­sen­ta­tion in Kuwait.

Th­ese mea­sures come in con­sis­tency with the Kuwait’s in­ter­na­tional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and com­mit­ment to the res­o­lu­tions of the in­ter­na­tional le­git­i­macy as well as Kuwait’s fu­ture re­spon­si­bil­i­ties when it as­sumes a non-per­ma­nent mem­ber­ship of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil early next year, the source pointed out. Kuwait will con­tinue work­ing with the com­pe­tent UN bod­ies and in­ter­na­tional part­ners to keep them ap­prised of the mea­sures its takes in this re­gard which gained in­ter­na­tional ap­praisal, the source added. —KUNA

KUWAIT: Photo cap­tures a view of Kuwait City (Sharq side) from Al-Sha­heed Park. —KUNA

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