More Countries Expel N.Korean Diplomats

      October 23, 2017 13:04

      Myanmar, Vietnam and Uganda have recently expelled diplomats of traditional ally North Korea as U.S.-led efforts to isolate Pyongyang gain steam.

      In a report to the UN Security Council, Myanmar said Friday that Kim Chol-nam, a second secretary at the North's embassy in Yangon, had been told to leave the country after being identified as working for blacklisted Korea Mining Development Trading Corp., which is North Korea's primary arms dealer involved in exporting goods and equipment related to ballistic missiles and conventional weapons. Kim and his family returned to Pyongyang in June.

      Lee Hyuk, South Korea's ambassador to Vietnam, said Friday that Kim Yong-su, the head of the Vietnam branch of Wonyang, controlled by North Korea's Ocean Maritime Management, was expelled from Vietnam in July. OMM is an exporter of North Korean minerals and coal and is known to be a source of hard currency for the North Korean regime.

      Vietnam also refused to extend the visas of 21 North Korean IT workers who were suspected of being hackers.

      Meanwhile, Ugandan Foreign Minister Oryem Okello said his government expelled several North Korean military officials and businessmen.

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