Kuwait gives North Korean ambassador month to leave country

Kuwait has informed the North Korean ambassador and four other diplomats from the isolated state that they have a month to leave the Gulf nation. The Kuwaiti announcement comes amid the increasing international pressure on North Korea due to its missile and nuclear tests.
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Amid the increasing international pressure on North Korea, Kuwait announced that it has told the North Korean ambassador in Kuwait City that he has a month to leave the country, a Kuwaiti diplomat told AFP on Sunday.

The source, who asked to remain anonymous, said that the expulsion of Ambassador So Chang Sik and four other North Korean diplomats is part of Kuwait’s decision to downgrade the North Korean diplomatic representation in the Gulf nation. However, a North Korean official told Reuters that So’s official term is up at the end of the month and that he was planning to leave anyway.

On Friday, North Korea launched another ballistic missile that flew over Japan. US officials estimated that the missile traveled farther than any other projectile launched by the pariah state. Over the weekend, the world strongly condemned the test. “The prime minister is outraged by North Korea’s continued reckless provocation and she strongly condemns the regime’s illegal tests,” the spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May said.

A German official also criticized North Korea’s latest test: “Germany condemns the latest missile launch in the most determined manner.” UN Secretary-General António Guterres spoke out against the test and called for a special discussion regarding the crisis in the region.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley stated Sunday that the UN Security Council has exhausted all of the options at hand in order to restrict North Korea’s nuclear program and that the US may have to hand the issue over to US Defense Secretary James Mattis. “We’ve pretty much exhausted all the things that we can do at the Security Council at this point,” Haley told CNN.

“We wanted to be responsible and go through all diplomatic means to get their attention first,” Haley added. “If that doesn’t work, General Mattis will take care of it. We’re trying every other possibility that we have but there’s a whole lot of military options on the table.”



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