North Korea

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th January 2011.

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Photo of Lord Moonie Lord Moonie Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many North Korean diplomats are stationed in London and how many British diplomats are in North Korea; and what representations they have made to those diplomats in London about concerns over recent cross-border incidents on the Korean peninsula.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

There are five diplomats from North Korea based in London. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office employs approximately 10 staff in Pyongyang. This includes UK-based civil servants and locally engaged staff. For operational and security reasons, we cannot provide a more detailed breakdown. Senior officials in the UK, and our ambassador to Pyongyang, expressed to the North Korean authorities grave concern about the recent cross-border incidents, and urged restraint.

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