(REUTERS) — In response to the latest nuclear tests, the Mexican government ordered Ambassador Kim Hong Gil to leave the country within 72 hours.
In an email statement the Foreign Ministry said Mexico absolutely rejects North Korea’s nuclear activity, calling it “a serious risk for international peace and international security and represents a growing threat to nations in the region, including fundamental allies of Mexico like Japan and South Korea”.
During a trip to the region last month Vice President Mike Pence urged Latin American leaders to break all diplomatic and economic ties with North Korea while the Trump administration continues to press for stronger economic sanctions.
The U.S. is circulating a draft resolution at the U.N. that would bar crude oil shipments to North Korea, ban the nation’s exports of textiles and prohibiting employment of it’s guest workers by other countries.
While expulsion of the North Korean ambassador is an unusually strong move an official at the Mexican foreign ministry noted that President Enrique Pena Nieto’s government was not breaking diplomatic ties with North Korea.
Mexico called on the United Nations Security Council to take steps to resolve the Korean crisis in a peaceful way.