UAE Ends Mission of its Ambassador to North Korea


Thursday announced it ended the mission of its non-resident ambassador to North Korea and that of the non-resident North Korean envoy to the Gulf country.

"The measures ... come within the context of its obligation as a responsible member of the worldwide community to strengthen the global will and to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons and missile programs", the ministry said.

The drill will also include aircraft exercises, but North Korea is calling the drills an act of invasion and is threatening to launch a nuclear missile towards Guam.

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The workers help North Korea avoid sanctions, and raise money for its nuclear programs.

"Very happy to hear that", State Department spokesman Heather Nauert told reporters.

Japan and South Korea, both neighbors of the rogue state, have also pressured Gulf countries to stop employing North Korean workers. "There are many countries that are taking those steps that we have asked those countries to take", Yonhap reported her as saying.

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United Nations sanctions against North Korea were last month expanded to include North Korean guest workers, along with textiles and a cap on oil exports. North Korean laborers working overseas are one of the major sources of foreign currency for Pyongyang.

"Approximately 1,000 remain, but this number will decline rapidly as their employment contracts expire".

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