Spain reduces North Korean Embassy staff by 50 per cent after missile fired over Japan

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The DPRK Ambassador presents his credentials to King Juan Carlos in January 2014

A DECISION has been made by Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis to tell the North Korean Ambassador Kim Hyok Chol to send one of his two diplomatic staff back to Pyongyang.

It was only in 2014 that the North Koreans appointed their first Ambassador to Madrid but the Spanish Government has not reciprocated and has no direct representation in the North Korean capital.

The only regular Spanish visitor to the country is Catalan Alejandro Cao de Benós who is an IT consultant and an honorary special delegate for the DPRK’s Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries.

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This action by Spain is in retribution for the recent launch of missiles and regular nuclear weapons tests in defiance of United Nations rules despite the fact that that North Korea has been a member of the UN since 1991.

The decision means that the Ambassador will have to choose one of his staff to leave Madrid by September 30.

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