May 17, 2021

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Diplomats and aid workers exit North Korea, only two UN staff members remaining

The latest departure suggests that foreign humanitarian workers only have a skeletal presence in North Korea right now

Around 40 diplomats and humanitarian workers left North Korea on Wednesday, multiple sources told NK News, leaving only two foreign United Nations-system workers remaining in the country.

Representing the second group of expats to leave Pyongyang within a single month, the group included 10 Russian nationals, eight staff members from the United Nations, the ambassador of Iran, remaining Polish diplomats and all foreign Red Cross staff, according to multiple sources who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation.