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Swedish diplomats withdrawn from North Korea due to coronavirus measures

NHK reported that according to Reuters, Sweden disclosed that it had withdrawn its diplomats in Pyongyang from North Korea by Aug. 19 as it had become difficult to conduct diplomatic activities there due to the strict coronavirus measures imposed by the North. The network said the Swedish Foreign Ministry has stressed that this is a temporary measure and that local staff are conducting necessary operations. The network added that the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang also represents the interests of the U.S. and Australia, which have no diplomatic relations with North Korea. British and German diplomats have also reportedly been withdrawn from North Korea for the same reason. While noting that North Korea has been insisting that it has zero COVID-19 cases, the network said the strict anti-coronavirus measures are apparently affecting its economy.

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