Published: Wed, September 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Spain is Latest Country to Expel North Korean Ambassador

Spain is Latest Country to Expel North Korean Ambassador

Russian Federation has joined China's call for a "dual-track" approach in which North Korea suspends its weapons programme in return for the United States halting military drills in the region.

"Maintaining official diplomatic relations with a regime that continues to defy global law and threaten nations across the globe only serves to reward nefarious behavior", wrote US Republican Senator Cory Gardner, the chairman of US Senate's East Asia subcommittee, according to Reuters on Tuesday.

This eighth series of measures, adopted on September 11, consists in imposing a new series of sanctions on Pyongyang for defying the warnings and conducting a new nuclear test.

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Defense Minister Song Young-moo said at a parliamentary session Monday that Seoul's provision of $8 million in aid to North Korea could be considerably delayed even if the government approves the plan Thursday.

The UN Security Council has unanimously imposed nine rounds of sanctions on North Korea since 2006, the latest earlier this month aimed at restricting fuel supplies and cutting off textile exports, a key foreign exchange earner.

North Korea should be kicked out of the United Nations, a Republican senator who is pressing other nations to support the idea told CNN on Tuesday.

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China's Foreign Ministry, asked to respond to Trump's comments about destroying North Korea if it had to, said United Nations resolutions were clear the Korean peninsula issue should be resolved peacefully through political and diplomatic means.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un criticized the measure as "ignorant" and called the United Nations resolution as "an infringement" on North Korea's independence, reported NK News closely after Mexico's announcement. "And we will have even less knowledge of what's going on inside North Korea than we now do".

The official named Kim Dong-ho had been among the 14 North Koreans blacklisted by the UNSC's June resolution while the bank was suspected as a key entity involved in illicit arms sales and money laundering for Pyongyang's weapons program.

He and Trump plan to meet in NY early on Wednesday U.S. time, Moon's office said.

It came soon after Mr Trump addressed the UN General Assembly. A country has never been expelled, although Yugoslavia was suspended in the 1990s. The South American nation, which shares a border with the U.S., called Pyongyang's nuclear activity "a serious risk for peace and worldwide security".

A junior North Korean diplomat sat in the delegation's front-row seat for Trump's speech, the North Korean UN mission said.

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