UAE stops issuing visas to North Koreans, ends diplomatic missions

Lester Mason
October 13, 2017

The UAE government ended the mission of its non-resident ambassador to North Korea as well as that of Pyongyang's non-resident ambassador to the UAE, the government-run WAM news agency said.

The UAE on Thursday announced it had stopped issuing visas to North Korean nationals and terminated diplomatic relations with Pyongyang.

Abu Dhabi will also no longer grant North Korean companies authorisation to work in any of the seven emirates.


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

The MoFAIC affirmed that the UAE developed an executive framework in collaboration with state departments concerned in the country to apply UN Security Council resolutions on North Korea and its nuclear programme, primarily resolutions 2371 and 2375. Tensions over North Korea's weapons programme have soared in recent months. It's a big blow to the regime, which has thousands of guest workers in the Gulf region providing an importance source of hard currency for the isolated nation.

A growing number of countries have also expelled North Korean diplomats and scaled back economic ties. More than 1,000 North Korean laborers are reportedly working at construction sites and elsewhere in the UAE.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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