Peru expels North Korea ambassador over nuclear test blast

LIMA, Peru (AP) – Peru’s government has declared North Korea’s ambassador persona non grata and given him five days to leave the nation in retaliation for the Asian country’s recent nuclear test blast.

The foreign ministry said on Monday that it decided to expel Ambassador Kim Hak-chol because of Pyongyang’s repeated flaunting of resolutions by the UN Security Council against its nuclear programme.

Peru’s action follows a similar rebuke recently by Mexico.

US Vice President Mike Pence during a tour of the region asked four Latin American nations with diplomatic relations with Pyongyang to break those ties to boost pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.