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Mexico expels North Korean ambassador after nuclear test

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By Agence France-Presse

Mexico on Thursday expelled the ambassador of North Korea in protest over Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test which it said posed “a grave risk for peace.”

Ambassador Kim Hyong Gil was declared persona non grata and given 72 hours to leave the country, according to a statement by the foreign ministry.

A view of the embassy of North Korea in Mexico City, Mexico, September 7, 2017.  (REUTERS/Edgard Garrido / MANILA BULLETIN)

A view of the embassy of North Korea in Mexico City, Mexico, September 7, 2017. (REUTERS/Edgard Garrido / MANILA BULLETIN)

Pyongyang’s decision to carry out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test Sunday was a serious violation of international law, the statement said.

“Nuclear activity in North Korea is a grave risk for peace and international security and represents a growing threat for the region, as well as key allies of Mexico such as Japan and South Korea,” the Mexican government said.

The blast triggered global condemnation and calls by the United States, South Korea, Japan and others for stronger UN Security Council sanctions against the North.

Washington has presented a draft UN resolution calling for an oil embargo on North Korea, an assets freeze on Kim Jong-Un, a ban on textiles and an end to payments to North Korean guest workers.

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  • tarikan

    After each nuclear/missile test by North Korea, China tells the rest of the world to refrain from actions that would lead to the increase in tension in the region. The parties are enjoined to not up the ante in rhetoric, avoid bellicose statements (alluding to the US). Fcuking Chinks, it’s the NoKor’s Kim Jung-un who is the problem here! The NoKors said they are willing to eat grass but their nuke program is non-negotiable. There you go. STOP the food aid. Let’s see how long they can last.