Spain demands North Korea to reduce diplomatic staff in Madrid
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 01-Sep-2017
Madrid, September 1: Spain told the North Korean Embassy on Thursday to reduce its staff in the country in protest Pyongyang’s repeated missile launches and nuclear weapons tests.
The ministry said it had condemned North Korea's ballistic missile launches and nuclear tests in violation of UN Security Council resolutions as a serious threat to regional peace and global security. North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs “create a serious threat to peace in the region and to global security,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
North Korea, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) — has repeatedly conducted missile launches in recent months, despite being barred from doing so under United Nations rules. “The embassy of the DPRK had been warned by the foreign ministry that the continuation of these actions would have consequences on bilateral relations,” it added.
“Today the DPRK ambassador has been summoned and the position of the Spanish government has been reiterated and he was informed of the decision to reduce the number of diplomatic staff at his representation in Madrid.” It said the North had rejected a demand by the international community for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and that its actions increased tensions. The North fired a ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday.