Fri 13-10-2017 12:59 PM

US welcomes UAE breaking ties with N. Korea

WASHINGTON, 13th October, 2017 (WAM/Yonhap) -- The United States Government last night welcomed the United Arab Emirates' decision to break ties with North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.

The UAE announced yesterday 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.

"Very happy to hear that," the spokeswoman for the US State Department, Heather Nauert said during a press briefing. "There are many countries that are taking those steps that we have asked those countries to take," Yonhap reported her as saying.

The US is seeking to rally the international 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 UN Security Council unanimously adopted two sanctions resolutions against Pyongyang after its long-range missile tests in July and sixth nuclear test in September.

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