UAE Stops Issuing Visas for North Korean Laborers

UAE President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

UAE President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

The United States Government on Thursday night welcomed the United Arab Emirates' decision to break ties with North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.

The announcement said that the UAE would pull its non-resident ambassador to North Korea as well.

It said it looked forward to worldwide efforts aimed to stop the proliferation of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program that pose a threat to global peace and stability.

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

United Nations sanctions against North Korea were last month expanded to include North Korean guest workers, along with textiles and a cap on oil exports.

The move by the UAE comes after Kuwait, in September, told the North Korean ambassador there he had one month to vacate the country and stopped issuing visas to all North Koreans.

The North Korea flag flutters next to concertina wire at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 9, 2017. More than 1,000 North Korean laborers are reportedly working at construction sites and elsewhere in the UAE.

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