Germany has rejected North Korea’s top envoy designate to Berlin, a U.S.-based media outlet report said Thursday. Radio Free Asia (RFA) said the German government recently rejected the North Korean government’s request for Berlin’s approval for its new ambassador designate who was set to replace incumbent Ambassador Ri Si-hong. The exact reason behind the German government’s decision is still unclear, although observers have speculated it may be due to concerted moves by countries around the world to keep better tabs on North Korean diplomats who may have been involved in unlawful activities in the past. It is very unusual for an diplomatic agrement to be refused by a country, but it occasionally happens in certain cases. The media outlets said that because of Germany’s move, Ri returned to Berlin from Pyongyang and resumed his ambassadorial duties.
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