UAE Ends Mission of its Ambassador to North Korea

UAE Ends Mission of its Ambassador to North Korea

Several thousand North Korean workers reside in the US-allied Gulf region, mainly working on construction sites.

"The UAE announces its full support to the new US strategy to deal with the Iranian policies undermining security and stability", WAM said on its twitter account.

The statement said the UAE "looks forward to a unified global front against North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile program".

The UAE would also stop issuing new visas or company licenses to North Korean citizens, WAM added.

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

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Abu Dhabi- The United Arab Emirates has terminated the diplomatic presence of the UAE non-resident ambassador to the Republic of North Korea, and Pyongyang's ambassador to the country, in addition to taking other measures that consolidate the worldwide community's work in that regard.

"Very happy to hear that", State Department spokesman Heather Nauert told reporters. North Korean laborers working overseas are one of the major sources of foreign currency for Pyongyang.

Kuwait in September significantly downgraded ties with North Korea, asking North Korean workers to leave and prohibiting Kuwait companies to deal with their North Korean counterparts.

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

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