UAE stops issuing visas to North Koreans, ends diplomatic missions

UAE stops issuing visas to North Koreans, ends diplomatic missions

The UAE statement said it also would block North Korean companies from operating in any of the seven emirates, and the UAE will end its non-resident ambassador program with North Korea.

Tensions over North Korea's weapons programme have soared in recent months, with Pyongyang launching a flurry of missiles and conducting its sixth and most powerful nuclear test last month.

Within this context, the MoFAIC announced additional measures, including stopping issuing entry visas for North Korean citizens and ceasing new business licences for North Korean companies wishing to operate in the UAE.

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

The U.S. has rallied the global community to sever ties with the North to further isolate the regime and force it to give up its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

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.

A growing number of countries have also expelled North Korean diplomats and scaled back economic ties.

South Korea and Japan have pressured Gulf states to stop employing North Korean workers, whose income goes towards remittances that benefit the regime in Pyongyang, according to Asian diplomatic sources.

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