Australia blocks NKorean plan to reopen embassy

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Associated Press

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 12:35 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 7 at 1:34 AM

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has indefinitely blocked North Korea's plans to reopen its embassy in the Australian capital because of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons testing.

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr's spokesman Patrick Low said Thursday that the government told Pyongyang that the proposal was suspended while the United Nations Security Council considered its response to North Korea's third nuclear test on Feb. 12.

North Korea first opened an embassy in Canberra in 2002 but closed it for financial reasons six years later.

Pyongyang approached the government in December with plans to send an ambassador. A team of diplomats was to fly to Canberra last month to search for an embassy site. Australia cancelled the trip following the nuclear test.

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