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North Korea is closing some diplomatic missions in what may be a sign of its economic troubles

Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has confirmed that it’s closing some of its diplomatic missions abroad, a move that rival South Korea suspects is a sign of the North’s economic troubles amid persistent international sanctions. The North Korean Foreign Ministry said Friday it is “either closing or newly opening diplomatic missions in other countries” in line with unspecified changes in the international environment. Earlier this week, the South Korean government said North Korea was moving to close its embassies in Uganda, Angola and Spain, as well as a consulate in Hong Kong, because the sanctions have made it extremely difficult for them to continue purported illegal activities abroad to earn money for their operating expenses.

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