UAE downgrades diplomatic, economic ties with North Korea

UAE downgrades diplomatic, economic ties with North Korea

The UAE foreign ministry also announced on Thursday an end to the creation of new business licenses for North Korean companies wishing to operate in the UAE. More than 1,000 North Korean laborers are reportedly working at construction sites and elsewhere in the UAE.

The United Arab Emirates said on Friday it fully supported the new us policy towards Iran and it renewed its commitment to work with Washington to counter Iran's support of extremism, the state news agency WAM reported.

The UAE will also stop issuing new visas or company licences to North Korean citizens, WAM said.

The statement said the UAE "looks forward to a unified global front against North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile program".

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

"Very happy to hear that", State Department spokesman Heather Nauert told reporters.

The North Korea flag flutters next to concertina wire at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 9, 2017. South Korea and Japan have pressured Gulf states to stop employing North Korean workers, whose income goes towards remittances that benefit the regime in Pyongyang, according to Asian diplomatic sources. "Visas to North Korean nationals will not be renewed", it said.