Kuwait is the first Arab country to expel North Korean diplomats
08:39 - 17/09/2017
Information / Baghdad ..
Kuwait has asked the North Korean ambassador to leave the country, decided to reduce the level of diplomatic representation with it, and to keep the chargé d'affaires and only three diplomats, according to the agency "Anatolia".
Kuwait has told the North Korean embassy to reduce the level of its diplomatic representation and to reduce the number of diplomats to only four, including the charge d'affaires of the 9 diplomats, the agency quoted diplomatic sources as saying.
The sources said North Korea's ambassador to Kuwait, Su Chang Sik, would leave the country in the next few weeks, along with other diplomats.
The sources said the move was in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2321, adopted in November, in response to North Korea's fifth nuclear test (September 9, 2016).
There was no official Kuwaiti confirmation of the move, but if confirmed, Kuwait would be the first Arab country and the third country in the world to expel North Korea's ambassador after Mexico and Peru.
Kuwait has stopped issuing visas to North Koreans, and those in Kuwait will be deported after their residency expires.
According to unofficial figures, about 6,000 North Koreans are currently working in Kuwait.
Kuwait has decided to reduce the number of North Korean diplomats and has stopped issuing new visas to North Koreans, according to the UN report on sanctions.
The United Nations Security Council recently adopted new sanctions against North Korea in response to its sixth and strongest nuclear test on the 3rd of this month. Despite the new set of sanctions, Pyongyang launched a new missile on Friday.