Sunday, 17 December, 2017

UAE to Stop Issuing Visas to North Koreans

Korean waitresses play music at the Pyongyang Okryu Gwan North Korean Restaurant in Dubai United Arab Emirates. The United Arab Emirates says it will stop issuing new visas to North Korean laborers becomin UAE to Stop Issuing Visas to North Koreans
Melinda Barton | 13 October, 2017, 23:41

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. It has already halted issuing visas to North Koreans wishing to work there and sent back the North Korean ambassador.

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

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

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.

"Very happy to hear that", the spokeswoman for the US State Department, Heather Nauert said during a press briefing.

The UAE announcement follows similar moves by the UAE's Gulf Arab neighbours Qatar and Kuwait, which last month downgraded their ties with Pyongyang and ceased issuing new visas to North Korean citizens. "There are many countries that are taking those steps that we have asked those countries to take", Yonhap reported her as saying.

The North Korea flag flutters next to concertina wire at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 9, 2017.

There are up to 1,300 North Koreans working in the UAE.