UAE announces halt to visa issuance to N.Koreans

UAE Stops Issuing Visas for North Korean Laborers

UAE Stops Issuing Visas for North Korean Laborers

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.

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.

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Qatar also has said it no longer would issue visas to North Korean workers.

The MoFAIC affirmed that the UAE has developed an executive framework in collaboration with state departments in the country to implement UN Security Council resolutions on North Korea and its nuclear program, primarily Resolutions 2371 and 2375.

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The fate of the thousands of North Korean laborers already in the UAE remains up in the air.

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.

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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. There are still 1,000 workers in the small emirate but the government noted that their number will significantly decrease as their employment contracts edge towards expiration.

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