Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

More countries sever ties with North Korea

People watch a TV screen showing a local news program reporting about North Korea's missile launch, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea.

"Today, the North Korean ambassador was summoned and was told of the decision to consider him as a persona non grata, therefore he must stop working and abandon the country before September 30", the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Spain is the latest country to ask a North Korean ambassador to leave.

In the Middle East, Kuwait followed suit on Sunday by passing down the same order on the North Korean ambassador and four other diplomats there.

At the time, the ambassador was summoned to the Spanish foreign ministry and told to cut the number of diplomatic staff from three to two.

The US will face a "horrible nuclear strike and miserable and final ruin" if US President Donald Trump puts his threat to "totally destroy" North Korea into action, according to a Wednesday statement published by the Korea Central News Agency.

KCNA's Wednesday commentary continues, "the U.S. cooking up another "sanctions resolution" at the United Nations Security Council as part of its unprecedented military threat and sanctions and blockade to stifle the DPRK", or the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Pyongyang's preferred nomenclature.

The sanctions were enacted after North Korea launched its sixth and most powerful nuclear test earlier this month.

The director of its North American Department in the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Choi Son-hui, met with Russian Ambassador to Pyongyang Alexander Matsegora on Monday at the ministry to have a "comprehensive and frank exchange of opinions on the recent developments of the situation on the Korean Peninsula", according to a statement from the Russian Embassy.

As the diplomatic situation continues to escalate, Germany's foreign minister has called for direct talks between the US, China and Russian Federation.

The worldwide community is scrambling to contain an increasingly belligerent Pyongyang, which has conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test and fired long-range missiles over Japan that it says could reach the U.S. mainland.

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