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US hails UAE's decision to sever ties with North Korea

US State Department says 'very happy' with UAE's move to stop issuing new visas to North Koreans

US hails UAE's decision to sever ties with North Korea
North Korean leader Kim JongUn waves after watching a military parade. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States has welcomed the decision by the UAE to sever ties with North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme.

The UAE announced on Thursday that it will terminate the missions of North Korea's non-resident ambassador and its own non-resident envoy to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang and that it will stop issuing new visas and business licenses to North Koreans.

"Very happy to hear that," the spokeswoman for the US State Department, Heather Nauert, said during a press briefing, according to state news agency WAM, citing South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.

"There are many countries that are taking those steps that we have asked those countries to take," she added.

The US is seeking to rally the international community to sever ties with North Korea to further isolate the regime and force it to give up its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes.

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.