N. Korea says to cut UN office-based channel to US

For the first time, Washington has blacklisted Kim Jong-Un and 10 other top North Korean officials for human rights abusesNorth Korea said Monday it would close one of the last remaining channels of communication with the US in protest at sanctions on leader Kim Jong-Un for human rights abuses. The North’s foreign ministry notified the US government that it would effectively halt all communications with Washington through the North’s office at the United Nations in New York, state-run KCNA said. The North’s UN office has long served as a rare avenue of formal and informal communications with the US including past talks on nuclear disarmament in the North.

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