New Zealand denies visas to North Korean academics to attend conference

TOKYO – The effort on the part of the US To isolate North Korea from every aspect of the international community is apparently widespread in New Zealand, where a group of North Korean researchers – including a historian, philosopher and linguist – were denied visas for a conference. week.

The delegation of 10 members of the Social Sciences Academy of Pyongyang was not allowed to attend the conference of the International Society for Korean Studies in Auckland this week.

His specialties include Korean folklore, philosophy, classical literature, history and education. They were to be accompanied by two “guardians”, as is the case of North Korean groups traveling abroad.

A university was traveling with Jo Hui Sung, who has a reputation in his field: the history of the Koguryo period of the three kingdoms of the Korean peninsula up to the seventh century.

However, the New Zealand government today rejected the visa application to comply with sanctions against North Korea, according to people familiar with the process. “I was told it was due to UN sanctions,” said one, who spoke anonymously to provide details of the decision.

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While the Kim Jong Un regime has continued to challenge the international community with the launching of missiles, the United Nations has imposed sanctions in an attempt to reduce North Korea’s ability to buy parts for its weapons program through logistical reduction and financing.
Meanwhile, the United States imposed much more aggressive unilateral sanctions against North Korea, the black list of individuals and companies that the Treasury Department says are involved in implementing or financing the weapons program.

On Wednesday, the head sent the State Department for East Asian Affairs Susan Thornton, told reporters that the United States was looking for possible ways to suspend North Korea’s largest security group Asia, the 27-nation regional forum ASEAN. The group, which includes the United States and South Korea, should organize its annual meeting Monday in the Philippines.

There are no sanctions applied or planned – either unilateral or multilateral – have been addressed to humanities teachers.

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs declined to comment, referring to inquiries from the immigration service.

“Immigration from New Zealand can confirm that these visa applications were rejected for failing to comply with immigration instructions,” said Marc Piercey, a spokesman for the Immigration Service. He declined to comment further for legal and confidentiality reasons.

The visa decision was made a few days after Recorded Future, an information office on threats, released a report indicating that North Koreans had access to the Internet through a handful of countries, including New Zealand. However, it was unclear whether the report had anything to do with the decision.