Visas company licenses for North Koreans will no more be offered by UAE announced the official state news agency WAM through its Twitter account. It was also announced that mission of the non-resident ambassador of North Korea in UAE was ended. UAE has also terminated the services of its envoy in North Korea, added the WAM.
The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the measures have been taken owing to the obligation of the UAE as a responsible member of the global community. These are aimed at boosting the international resolve and curb the propagation of missile programs and nuclear weapons, added the statement. Similar measures have already been taken by Qatar and Kuwait, as quoted by the Gulf News.
Anxiety over weapons program of North Korea has increased in the last few months. Pyongyang is on a spree of missile launches and it conducted the sixth and most potent nuclear test in September.
Sanctions against North Korea have been expanded by the UN. This now includes visitor workers as well as textiles along with ceiling on exports of oil. The Gulf States have been pressurized by South Korea to stop accepting workers from North Korea. The remittances by these workers are benefitting the regime in North Korea as per the diplomatic sources in Asia.
Kuwait gave a one-month ultimatum to the ambassador of North Korea to exit from the nation and also stopped offering visas to all nationals of North Korea. Qatar has said that it will not renew the work permits for workers from North Korea and the work visas are expiring at the end of 2018.
Currently, 2, 500 workers in Kuwait and 1000 workers in Qatar are from North Korea. Around 1,300 nationals from North Korea are working in the UAE through visas company licenses as per the diplomat in South Korea.
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