Kuwait to expel North Korea ambassador

Politics 9/17/2017, 1:04 PM
Kuwait to expel North Korea ambassador

In response to international pressure, Kuwait will expel North Korea's ambassador to the country So Chang Sik and four other diplomats, a Gulf-based official confirmed on Sunday, the Associated Press reported.

The decision comes as Kuwait attempts to limit Pyongyang's ability to fund its nuclear program by sending laborers to the oil-rich country, which serves as its only diplomatic outpost in the Gulf. Even though Kuwait is a small market compared to China and Russia, North Korean nationals working in the country contribute between $1.2 billion and $2.3 billion a year to Pyongyang, helping it evade international sanctions, the authorities said.

Kuwait earlier offered contradictory statements about its relationship with the totalitarian country, stating it will continue to grant work visas to North Korean nationals and then refuting itself after the United States expressed concern. 

TeleTrader Newsroom / IB