Fallout of North Korea’s Nuclear Test: List of countries which have expelled North Korean ambassadors

Sep 19, 2017 11:45 IST
North Korea Nuclear Test

In response to the most powerful nuclear test on 3rd September by North Korea till date, some countries have announced they have expelled the North Korean ambassador from their capitals.

It is because of North Korea’s constant violation of international norms and sanctions; it is continuously being isolated at world platform. However, it still enjoys the diplomatic relation with 160 countries, as per the S South Korea's Unification Ministry.

North Korea has the largest missions in Beijing and Moscow, along with some major embassies in Stockholm, Rome, London, and Berlin, as well as dozens of smaller embassies across Asia and Africa.

Here is the list of those countries that have expelled North Korean diplomats following its sixth nuclear test:

SPAIN: The Spain’s foreign ministry asked North Korean ambassador Kim Hyok Chol to leave the country by September 30 citing his country's repeated refusals to renounce its nuclear weapons programme.

Kuwait, according to some reports has said that it has ordered North Korean ambassador So Chang Sik and four other diplomats to leave within 30 days as the country downgraded diplomatic relations with Pyongyang after the nuclear test.
It is to be noted that North Korea's Embassy in Kuwait City is the only diplomatic station in the Gulf region for North Korea.

PERU: According to the Peru's government, it asked the North Korean ambassador Kim Hak Chol leave the country within five days in retaliation over North Korea's sixth nuclear test.

MEXICO: In the Mexico, the government declared North Korean ambassador Kim Hyong Gil was "persona non grata" and was to leave the country within 3 days in the protest of North Korea's sixth nuclear test. It also said that it was a "flagrant violation" of international law and U.N. Security Council resolutions.

The only country to have completely ended diplomatic relations with Pyongyang in recent years was Botswana, which severed ties after a United Nations investigation revealed extensive and widespread human rights abuses in North Korea.

The following countries with which North Korea has diplomatic relations have not expelled ambassadors, but have scaled back ties:

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EGYPT: Egypt said that it is cutting military ties with North Korea. North Korea's sitting ambassador to the country Pak Chun II, was already blacklisted by the United Nations in response to North Korea’s 5th nuclear test in last September.

PHILIPPINES: According to the Foreign Ministry, it had suspended trade relations with North Korea to comply with U.N. Security Council resolutions over the North's repeated missile tests.

UGANDA: Uganda said it has halted all military and security ties with North Korea since last year following extended cooperation with North Korea in police training and regular military training for the Ugandan armed forces.

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