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Italy orders North Korea ambassador home over missiles

Pyongyang asked to consider alternative channels to reconcile issue

ANI  |  Rome 

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, celebrates what was said to be the test launch of an intermediate range Hwasong-12 missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea. (Photo: PTI| AP)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, celebrates what was said to be the test launch of an intermediate range Hwasong-12 missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea. (File photo: PTI| AP)

Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano has announced that North Korea's new Ambassador to Mun Jong-nam has been asked to leave the country in a protest over Kim Jong-Un's recent Ballistic missile launches and

"We have taken the firm decision to interrupt the accreditation procedure. The North Korean ambassador will have to leave the country. We want to make understand that isolation is inevitable if it does not change course," Italian local media quoted Alfano as saying.

Alfano said that would not be severing its diplomatic ties with North Korea, saying "It can always be useful to maintain a channel of communication."

The position of North Korean envoy in was lying vacant for over a year and in July nominated long-serving Foreign Ministry official Mun Jong-nam as its new ambassador to Mun Jong-nam had started working in but has not completed his registration with Italian authorities.

is being condemned by the community over September 3rd nuclear test and numerous ballistic missile test carried out in 2017. The Trump administration said that it was in direct communication with the government of over its missile and to find a diplomatic solution to the nuclear crisis.

"We ask, 'Would you like to talk?' We have lines of communications to - we're not in a dark situation, a blackout," Secretary of State Rex W Tillerson said.

"We have a couple, three channels open to Pyongyang," he added.

First Published: Sun, October 01 2017. 19:57 IST
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