Which Countries Host North Korean Embassies?
Sure, the DPRK (North Korea) is one of the most politically isolated countries in the world. But it’s not quite as isolated as western media makes it out to be. For instance, did you know that both Koreas are members of the United Nations general assembly? Did you know that twenty-three countries both host North Korean embassies and also have their own embassy in Pyongyang?
The DPRK isn’t quite as isolated from the world as the media would lead us to believe.
Prior to the Trump administration’s travel ban, about 1,000 U.S. citizens traveled to the DPRK each year without issue. But of course, we only hear about Otto Warmbier in the news. Even when we look at the most recent issue of nuclear weapons, the DPRK has said they are willing to negotiate their nuclear program provided the United States backs off militarily. Remember, the North-South Korean border is the most heavily militarized border in the world.
So who has an embassy in North Korea and also host a North Korean embassy within their country? It probably isn’t surprising to most that U.S. enemies such as Iran, China, Syria, Russia, and Cuba are on the list. But what is surprising is that many NATO countries and other U.S. allies are also on the list including the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, and Egypt.
And that’s not all. An additional twenty-six countries have an embassy in Pyongyang but don’t host a North Korean embassy within their country. Once again, many NATO members and U.S. allies are on the list including Italy, Spain, and Kuwait.
Fun fact: the DPRK hosts a Palestinian embassy but does not have an embassy inside Palestine.
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