Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

USA welcomes UAE breaking ties with North Korea

USA welcomes UAE breaking ties with North Korea

Qatar also has said it no longer would issue visas to North Korean workers.

It said it looked forward to worldwide efforts aimed to stop the proliferation of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program that pose a threat to global peace and stability.

The move by the UAE follows similar policy changes from Kuwait and Qatar, which already have blocked visas to the country, limiting North Korea's ability to evade sanctions and make money off the laborers it sends to work in Middle Eastern nations.

North Korea's nuclear tests and missile launches have stirred global tensions and prompted several rounds of worldwide sanctions at the U.N. Security Council.

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In Washington, the US State Department welcomed the UAE's decision. "There are many countries that are taking those steps that we have asked those countries to take", Yonhap reported her as saying.

Kuwait has North Korea's only embassy in the Gulf region.

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 global community's work in that regard. There are still 1,000 workers in the small emirate but the government noted that their number will significantly decrease as their employment contracts edge towards expiration.

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