The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), also known as North Korea, has announced that it is closing all its embassies and consulates around the world, and that it does not need any diplomatic relations with other countries. The announcement was made by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), which quoted a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK.
The statement said that the DPRK has decided to shut down its diplomatic missions in order to save money and resources, and to focus on its self-reliance and self-defense. It also said that the DPRK does not need any dialogue or cooperation with other countries, as it considers them all as enemies and threats. It added that the DPRK is ready to face any challenge or provocation from the hostile forces, and that it has the most powerful nuclear weapons and missiles in the world.
The statement also criticized the United Nations (UN) and other international organizations for being biased and unfair against the DPRK, and for imposing sanctions and pressure on its people. It said that the DPRK does not recognize or respect any resolution or decision made by these organizations, and that it will never give up its sovereignty and dignity. It also said that the DPRK will continue to pursue its socialist system and its supreme leader Kim Jong-un’s vision of building a powerful and prosperous country.
The announcement has shocked and puzzled the international community, who have expressed their concerns about the implications of North Korea’s isolation and hostility. Some have speculated that North Korea might be preparing for a new nuclear or missile test, or for a military confrontation with South Korea or the United States. Some have also urged North Korea to reconsider its decision, and to return to the diplomatic table for peace and stability in the region.