UAE Stops Issuing Visas for North Korean Laborers

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The announcement by the UAE Foreign Ministry on Thursday night did not address the thousands of North Korean laborers already working in the Emirates.

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.

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.

Analysts say these measures will have some impact on Pyongyang.

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The pair are said to have met on 3 October, and both sides have since described the talks as "constructive". A petition launched by Uber to protest TfL's decision has gathered more than 800,000 signatures.

South Korea and Japan reportedly have been pressuring the Middle Eastern countries to ban North Korean workers, whose income remittances directly benefit the regime of Kim Jong Un.

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

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.

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

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