Kim Jong-un closes slate of North Korea’s embassies as sanctions bite


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While Kim Jong-un basks in the afterglow of his recent visit to Russia, North Korea is scaling back its presence overseas, with reported plans to close almost a quarter of its diplomatic missions blamed on its sanctions-hit economy. While the regime moves closer to China and Russia amid new tensions on the Korean peninsula, years of UN-led sanctions have forced it to close embassies and consulates in as many as a dozen locations, including those in countries Pyongyang views as longtime allies. Media reported that North Korean ambassadors in Uganda and Angola had announced the closure of their embassies in...