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UAE to Stop Issuing Visas to North Koreans

13 October 2017

The United Arab Emirates says it is stopping the issuance of entry visas for North Korean citizens.

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.

The UAE announced on Thursday that it will terminate the missions of North Korea's non-resident ambassador and its own non-resident envoy to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang and that it will stop issuing new visas and business licenses to North Koreans. North Korean laborers working overseas are one of the major sources of foreign currency for Pyongyang.

Analysts say these measures will have some impact on Pyongyang.

Between 2,000 and 2,500 North Koreans now work in Kuwait, and another estimated 1,000 in Qatar.

Japan and the United States have been calling on nations in the Middle East and elsewhere to cut the number of North Korean laborers they accept.

The statement said the UAE "looks forward to a unified global front against North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile program".

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

UAE to Stop Issuing Visas to North Koreans