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UAE stops issuing visas to North Koreans

13 October 2017

The United Arab Emirates has terminated the diplomatic presence of the UAE non-resident ambassador to the Republic of North Korea and Pyongyang ambassador to the country, calling for a unified front against the Asian country's nuclear programme.

The UAE would also stop issuing new visas or company licenses to North Korean citizens, WAM added. Malaysia imposed a travel ban to North Korea last month, following Pyongyang's repeated ballistic missile tests.

The ministry reiterated that the UAE looked forward to a unified global front against North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile programme.

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"Very happy to hear that", State Department spokesman Heather Nauert told reporters. More than 1,000 North Korean laborers are reportedly working at construction sites and elsewhere in the UAE.

Qatar, which is hosting the 2022 World Cup, said last month it was in full compliance with all United Nations sanctions and that it had stopped issuing visas to North Korean nationals following the previous round of sanctions in 2015.

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. "Visas to North Korean nationals will not be renewed", it said.

UAE stops issuing visas to North Koreans