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Cambodia closes N. Korean restaurants, museum to comply with UN ban

This Jan. 13, 2016 file photo shows the Angkor Panorama Museum in Cambodia's Siem Reap. (Kyodo)

PHNOM PENH (Kyodo) -- Cambodia has closed all six North Korean restaurants operating in the country to comply with international sanctions, an official confirmed on Friday.

    Tourism Ministry spokesman Top Sopheak said four restaurants in the capital Phnom Penh and two others in the northern city of Siem Reap were closed by Dec. 22 in line with the U.N. Security Council resolution requiring member states to repatriate North Koreans earning money overseas.

    Also shuttered was a North Korean-built panorama museum in Siem Reap, near the iconic Angkor Wat temple complex, which had opened to the public in 2015 and was staffed by North Koreans.

    Foreign Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong said there were some 300 North Koreans working Cambodia prior to the closures of those business entities and museum, who have since left Cambodia.

    Cambodia has long had good relations with North Korea, especially during the lifetime of King Norodom Sihanouk, who died in 2012.

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