Egypt Expected to Deport N. Korean Ambassador

Write : 2016-03-22 10:11:55 Update : 2016-03-22 13:50:43

Egypt is expected to kick out the North Korean ambassador following the adoption of fresh UN Security Council(UNSC) sanctions on Pyongyang earlier this month.

According to Radio Free Asia(RFA) on Monday, Pyongyang’s envoy to Egypt Pak Chun-il could face deportation as he is included on a list of blacklisted individuals under UN Resolution 2270. 

The RFA report also cited clauses in the resolution requiring “compliant countries to deport blacklisted North Korean diplomats” and stressed Egypt was a UN member.

An anonymous Egyptian source told RFA that Pak, who was appointed to his position in December 2013, “played a key role in establishing an Egyptian branch of the Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation, or KOMID.” KOMID is also blacklisted under UN and U.S. sanctions.

The source said the ambassador engaged in weapons smuggling and illegal activities using his position in Egypt. 

The report also said Pak oversaw the activities of North Korea’s Mansudae Overseas Project group of companies, which includes building roads and power plants in Egypt.

North Korea has supplied Egypt with weapons and maintains friendly relations with multiple Middle Eastern nations.

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