UAE follows US lead, severs ties with N. Korea

UAE Stops Issuing Visas for North Korean Laborers

Several thousand North Korean workers reside in the US-allied Gulf region, mainly working on construction sites.

Tensions over North Korea's weapons programme have soared in recent months, with Pyongyang launching a flurry of missiles and conducting its sixth and most powerful nuclear test last month.

Qatar also has said it no longer would issue visas to North Korean workers.

The statement said the UAE "looks forward to a unified global front against North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile program".

North Korea's nuclear tests and missile launches have stirred global tensions and prompted several rounds of worldwide sanctions at the U.N. Security Council.

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Bahrain has also announced it welcomed the shift in US policy on Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile programs and its support for extremist groups in the Middle East.

The United Arab Emirates says it is stopping the issuance of entry visas for North Korean citizens.

"Very happy to hear that", State Department spokesman Heather Nauert told reporters.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un claps with military officers at the Command of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in an unknown location in North Korea in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 15, 2017. There are still 1,000 workers in the small emirate but the government noted that their number will significantly decrease as their employment contracts edge towards expiration.