UAE Stops Issuing Visas for North Korean Laborers

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"Very happy to hear that", the spokeswoman for the US State Department, Heather Nauert said during a press briefing.

It said it looked forward to global efforts aimed to stop the proliferation of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program that pose a threat to worldwide peace and stability.

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted two sanctions resolutions against Pyongyang after its long-range missile tests in July and sixth nuclear test in September.

The U.A.E.'s move follows similar moves by Kuwait and Qatar.

The ministry says the measures come within the context of its obligation as a responsible member of the worldwide community to join the effort to stop North Korea's proliferation of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program. Malaysia imposed a travel ban to North Korea last month, following Pyongyang's repeated ballistic missile tests.

Abu Dhabi will also no longer grant North Korean companies authorisation to work in any of the seven emirates, WAM said.

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.

Between 2,000 and 2,500 North Koreans now work in Kuwait, and another estimated 1,000 in Qatar. More than 1,000 North Korean laborers are reportedly working at construction sites and elsewhere in the UAE.