Mexico Expels North Korean Ambassadors Over nuclear Tests – On Thursday, the Mexican government expelled North Korean Ambassador from Mexico. The diplomatic sanctions were carried out as a punishment for a nuclear test conducted by North Korea on September 3, 2017.
President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto determined that Hyong Gil who is North Korea’s Ambassador for Mexico should be expelled (as persona non grata) from Mexico and give him 72 hours to leave his country. quoted from the Los Angeles Times, Friday 8 September 2017.
Mexico’s Foreign Ministry told reporters the move was taken in response to a full refusal of the latest nuclear pyongyang test. It added that “North Korea’s nuclear activities represent a serious risk to international peace and security and are a threat to countries in the region, including key Mexican allies such as Japan and South Korea.”
The attitude of President Nieto who expelled North Korea’s Ambassador is a form of compliance with UN Security Council resolutions “the Mexican Foreign Ministry said.
Following trials of hydrogen bombs and intercontinental ballistic missiles on September 3, 2017, the United Nations reacted by imposing sanctions on people or countries linked to the North Korea’s intercontinental nuclear development and ballistic missile activities.
Mexico has repeatedly requested the Kim Jong-un regime to comply with UN Security Council resolutions to immediately stop the ambitions of its ballistic missile program developers and nuclear warheads.
A few days earlier, Mexico expressed its solidarity with South Korea, which is the closest country to North Korea, which is vulnerable from North Korean missiles.
The move to expel the North’s ambassador could also help Mexico ‘win the heart’ of the United States, its northern neighbor.
Mexico, caught up in talks with the US and Canada over renewing the North American Free Trade Agreement, has repeatedly sought to ‘win the heart’ both countries for the revision of the policy to benefit the country.
The United States has repeatedly issued criticism of nuclear tests that have been repeated by North Korea.