Korea Renews Guam Threat, UAE Stops Issuing Visas for N. Korean Laborers

13 October, 2017, 23:44 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • UAE stops issuing visas to N. Koreans, downgrades diplomatic relations

The ministry says the measures come within the context of its obligation as a responsible member of the global community to join the effort to stop North Korea's proliferation of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program. The Emirati state news agency, WAM notes that the U.S. ally also has ended issuing visa for North Korean nationals.

"The measures ... come within the context of its obligation as a responsible member of the worldwide community to strengthen the global will and to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons and missile programs", the ministry said.

Experts say North Korean laborers help Pyongyang avoid worldwide sanctions and raise money for its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

Bahrain has also announced it welcomed the shift in US policy on Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile programs and its support for extremist groups in the Middle East. "There are many countries that are taking those steps that we have asked those countries to take", Yonhap reported her as saying.

The United Arab Emirates said on Friday it fully supported the new USA policy towards Iran and it renewed its commitment to work with Washington to counter Iran's support of extremism, the state news agency WAM reported. 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.

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.

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

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