July 06, 2022

The story of a North Korea-backed rebellion in Sri Lanka

DPRK backing for an ultra-leftist insurgency in 1971 ended in the expulsion of their diplomats

In part due to the DPRK’s continued missile and nuclear tests, several governments have recently expelled North Korean ambassadors and diplomats from their countries. 

This is not a new phenomenon. North Korean diplomats have a long history of being thrown out of their host countries, with one of the most egregious examples of DPRK diplomacy taking place on the small South Asian island nation of Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka, in 1971.