UAE will stop is­su­ing new visas to la­bor­ers from North Korea

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DUBAI, United Arab Emi­rates — The United Arab Emi­rates said Thurs­day it would stop is­su­ing new visas to North Korean work­ers, be­com­ing the lat­est Gulf coun­try to limit Py­ongyang’s abil­ity to evade sanc­tions and raise money abroad amid ten­sions with the U.S.

A state­ment did not ad­dress the hun­dreds of North Korean la­bor­ers al­ready work­ing in the Emi­rates. The state­ment said the UAE would pull its non-res­i­dent am­bas­sador to North Korea as well as stop North Kore­ans from open­ing new busi­nesses in the Emi­rates, a fed­er­a­tion of seven sheikhdoms on the Ara­bian Penin­sula.

The U.S. and Asian na­tions have in­creased pres­sure on their al­lies to cut ties as Py­ongyang has tested a nu­clear weapon and launched bal­lis­tic mis­siles over Ja­pan.

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