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UAE severs diplomatic ties with N Korea

Thursday 12/October/2017 - 04:55 PM
Sada El Balad
Ahmed Mohsin
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) broke off relations with North Korea and summoned its ambassador in Pyongyang، the official WAM news agency reported.

The gulf country also announced ending the diplomatic mission of North Korea’s non-resident ambassador and terminating its own envoy’s services in Pyongyang.

According to WAM، the decision also include issuing new visas or company licences to North Korean citizens.

In an Aug. 24 briefing، US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the Trump administration has had conversations with Egypt about the need to isolate North Korea.

Mohammed el-Menshawy، an Egyptian analyst based in Washington، told The Associated Press the Trump administration has been privately urging Cairo to cut military ties with Pyongyang.

Egypt's defense minister Sedki Sobhi، on a visit to Seoul، announced that his country has cut military ties with North Korea، according to reports.

There was no immediate confirmation from the Egyptian government of the agency's report.

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