UAE cuts diplomatic ties with North Korea

UAE cuts diplomatic ties with North Korea

UAE cuts diplomatic ties with North Korea

Tensions over North Korea's weapons programme have soared in recent months.

Abu Dhabi will also no longer grant North Korean companies authorisation to work in any of the seven emirates, WAM said.

It has also chose to end the mission of the UAE's non-resident ambassador to North Korea as well as the mission of the non-resident ambassador of Pyongyang to the UAE.

Several thousand North Korean workers reside in the US-allied Gulf region, mainly working on construction sites.

President Donald Trump urged United Nations member states in September to turn up the pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, using his maiden speech to the world body to address what he has said is the top global challenge.

The UAE terminated its diplomatic presence of the UAE non-resident ambassador to the Republic of North Korea and Pyongyang ambassador to the country on Thursday.

North Korea's nuclear tests and missile launches have stirred global tensions and prompted several rounds of worldwide sanctions at the UN Security Council.

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