Italy Foreign minister Angelino Alfano announced today, Sunday, that Italy has ordered North Korea’s incoming new ambassador to leave the country in a protest over Kim Jong-Un’s missile launches and nuclear tests.
Alfano said. “We want to make Pyongyang understand that isolation is inevitable if it does not change course.”
Alfano stressed, however, that Italy was not breaking off diplomatic relations, “because it can always be useful to maintain a channel of communications.”
North Korea nominated long-serving foreign ministry official Mun Jong-Nam as its new ambassador to Rome in July, filling a post that had been vacant for over a year, according to South Korean reports.
The diplomat had started working in Rome but not completed his registration with the Italian authorities.
“We have taken the firm decision to interrupt the accreditation procedure. The ambassador will have to leave the country,”
The Italian move came as the international community seeks to ratchet up pressure on Kim’s regime to give up its nuclear weapons, with China notably agreeing to limit oil exports to and textile imports to its neighbour from Sunday.
Malaysia Bans Citizens From Travel To North Korea, DPRK “Until Further Notice,”
Malaysia has banned its citizens from travelling to North Korea “until further notice,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday.
“The ban is due to an “escalation of tensions in the Korean Peninsula and related developments arising from missile tests.
“The travel ban will be reviewed once the situation has returned to normal,’’ the statement said.
Photo: Kim Jong Un, North Korea, DPRK leader
In February, the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s brother Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur International Airport severely strained diplomatic relations between Pyongyang and Kuala Lumpur.
However, both countries later recalled their ambassadors.
But on Sept. 20, North Korea granted a Malaysian prince, who is also the country’s football federation president, access to its airspace “anytime.”
An Asian Cup football qualifier between the two nations was finally set to take place on Oct. 5 in Pyongyang after being postponed twice over political tensions and security concerns.
Meanwhile, it is unclear whether or not the game will now go ahead as scheduled
China Gives DPRK Businesses Operating On Its Soil 120 days To Shut Down
China’s Ministry of Commerce and the National General Administration for Industry and Commerce announced today, thursday, september 28th, that China has ordered North Korea, DPRK enterprises operating on its soil to close within 120 days in line with the latest sanctions adopted by the United Nations Security Council on September 11.
The decision was taken on September 12, but just announced.
According to Resolution 2375 of the United Nations Security Council, UNSC, which was unanimously adopted by the 15-member bloc, “states shall prohibit, by their nationals or in their territories, the opening, maintenance, and operation of all joint ventures or cooperative entities, new and existing, with DPRK entities or individuals, whether or not acting for or on behalf of the government of the DPRK.”
Photo: Missile happy DPRK Leader Kim Jong Un
China Bans Textile Trade, Limits Refined Oil Trade To North Korea
Beijing, China. Sept 23: In a statement posted to its website late on Friday night, China’s commerce ministry said the world’s second largest economy will limit exports of refined petroleum products to North Korea, DPRK, starting on Oct 1, confirming Beijing’s participation in new UN sanctions intended to rein in its neighbour.
The commerce ministry reiterated the terms of the latest resolution, writing that UN member states would not export more than 500,000 barrels of refined petroleum products to the North in the final three months of 2017, and 2 million annually starting next year.
“Chinese government authorities will issue a notice based on the export situation when approaching the upper limit, and from that date implement a prohibition on exports of refined oil products to North Korea for the year,” it said.
It added that China has issued a “comprehensive ban on imported textiles” from North Korea, reiterating another clause of the new sanctions that prohibits trade in both fabric and clothing.
The United Nations Security Council, including permanent member Beijing, approved tough sanctions against Pyongyang last week in response to its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.
Washington had initially sought a full oil embargo, but softened its stance to secure backing from Russia and China – the North’s sole ally and main trading partner, responsible for around 90 per cent of its commerce.
China supplies materials to the North, where they are made into clothing in factories using cheap labour, and often re-exported to China.
The announcement follows days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un’s regime, which has raised international alarm.
The US has accused Beijing of not doing enough to pressure Pyongyang into abandoning its nuclear programme.
China halted iron, iron ore and seafood imports after the previous round of sanctions against North Korea, DPRK in August.
But Beijing fears pressuring Kim’s regime into collapse, which will trigger a flood of refugees across its border and eliminate a strategic buffer separating China from the US military in South Korea.
Photo: A petrol (gasoline) truck delivers fuel to a service station in Shenyang, northeast China
Beijing has condemned the North’s missile tests, but hopes to resolve the nuclear situation through diplomatic means, pleading for a resumption of long-dormant six-nation talks.
It has pushed a tit-for-tat proposal in which North Korea suspends its arms programmes in return for a halt to US military drills in the region – which has been ignored.
The majority of North Korea’s oil likely comes from China, but the exact tally of oil exports remains unknown, as Beijing has not published such data since 2014.
According to UN customs data, China sent 6,000 barrels a day of oil products to North Korea in 2016.