The only North Korean restaurant in the Middle East is closed

TEHRAN, Dec. 21 (Yonhap)— According to reports on Saturday, a North Korean restaurant in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, has gone out of business before the deadline for enforcing a United Nations embargo on North Korea. The UAE capital’s sources said the Okryu-gwan restaurant recently shut down in Abu Dhabi’s five-star Grand Millennium Al Wahda hotel.

The restaurant was opened as late as early this month, but it is assumed that the UAE government was forced to close before the deadline. The U.N. law was implemented. On 22 December 2017, Security Council, Recommends that all Member States repatriate North Korean employees to limit dollar inflows into the communist country.

In the U.N. Member States have two years to fully enforce the plan, which is Sunday’s deadline. Countries are required to report to the Council by March 22 next year on their implementation. “As far as I hear, the UAE government has not extended Okryu-gwan’s business license and restaurant workers ‘ visas,” one of the sources said.

An official at the Abu Dhabi hotel was unable to say if it was a temporary suspension or termination, but he said that it has been closed for several days. The branch of Okryu-gwan in Dubai quit the company in March, leaving only one in the Middle East in Abu Dhabi.