United States welcomes UAE breaking ties with North Korea

UAE Stops Issuing Visas for North Korean Laborers

UAE announces halt to visa issuance to N.Koreans

The ministry says the measures come within the context of its obligation as a responsible member of the worldwide community to join the effort to stop North Korea's proliferation of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program.

Abu Dhabi- The United Arab Emirates has terminated the diplomatic presence of the UAE non-resident ambassador to the Republic of North Korea, and Pyongyang's ambassador to the country, in addition to taking other measures that consolidate the worldwide community's work in that regard.

The United Arab Emirates said on Thursday it was ending the mission of North Korea's nonresident ambassador and terminating its own envoy's services in Pyongyang, the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency WAM. More than 1,000 North Korean laborers are reportedly working at construction sites and elsewhere in the UAE.

The US is seeking to rally the global community to sever ties with the North to further isolate the regime and force it to give up its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes. The Emirati state news agency, WAM notes that the U.S. ally also has ended issuing visa for North Korean nationals.

"Very happy to hear that", the spokeswoman for the US State Department, Heather Nauert said during a press briefing.

The North Korea flag flutters next to concertina wire at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 9, 2017.

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