About the Author
John Everard was British Ambassador to North Korea, 2006–2008, following which he served on the UN Panel of Experts on North Korea. He writes and speaks regularly on North Korea issues.
With the withdrawal of Swedish diplomats from Pyongyang last week, the compound shared by the German, British and Swedish embassies now stands empty.
Three of the seven Western European embassies in Pyongyang — as well as the French cultural office — have now been temporarily vacated. North Korea’s tough restrictions on movement, which were enacted to prevent the spread of COVID-19, are the underlying cause.