UAE Stops Issuing Visas for North Korean Laborers

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It also said the UAE will no longer issue new visas or corporate licenses to North Korean citizens.

Within this context, the MoFAIC announces additional measures, including stopping issuing entry visas for North Korean citizens and ceasing new business licences for North Korean companies wishing to operate in the UAE. These announcements, follow similar recent moves by other countries around the world that have either severed or downgraded their relations with North Korea.

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.

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.

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North Korea's nuclear and missile tests have triggered a wave of global condemnations and several rounds of UN Security Council sanctions. North Korean laborers working overseas are one of the major sources of foreign currency for Pyongyang.

Qatar has also said it would not renew visas for North Korean labourers, with the last work permits set to expire at the end of 2018.

Between 2,000 and 2,500 North Koreans now work in Kuwait, and another estimated 1,000 in Qatar. More than 1,000 North Korean laborers are reportedly working at construction sites and elsewhere in the UAE.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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