Latest from Ukraine: Ukraine ends visa-free deal with North Korea - Reuters

12:36 Aug. 31, 2016

Ukraine ends visa-free deal with North Korea - Reuters

A man walks by the Grand People's Study House in Pyongyang, North Korea on May 6, 2016.  (GettyImages Photo)

Document, reportedly signed by Kyiv on July 27, aims at 'keeping ineligible persons' our of Ukraine

Ukraine has revoked a Soviet-era deal that allowed visa-free travel for North Koreans, the latest setback for isolated North Korea which has been under growing pressure since the UN Security Council imposed toughened new sanctions in March.

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A Ukraine government document seen by Reuters said that the government approved a decree on July 27 to terminate the pact with North Korea, a major buyer of Ukraine's flour, that had allowed visa-free travel between the two countries. 

The document, signed by Ukraine Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, said the withdrawal of visa-waiver agreement would "prevent ineligible persons from entering Ukraine".

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