July 18, 2016 12:18
Germany refused to accredit a new North Korean ambassador apparently because he has a background in espionage, Radio Free Asia reported Friday quoting an unnamed German source.
Germany deported two North Korean diplomats early this year on charges of illegally raising cash for the regime, and Pyongyang recalled former Ambassador Ri Si-hong because he was being blamed for the debacle, the radio station speculated.
North Korea had earned some 200,000 euros from dubious business activities.
But Ri is now back in the saddle after his successor was rejected.
RFA said the North Korean Embassy is in a spacious building in the former East German part of central Berlin and makes money from renting out parts of it. This makes it an attractive posting compared to the North's often puny out-of-town embassies elsewhere.
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