Aug 29, 2017

Russia and the UAE warn North Korea to "stop its provocations"

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, shakes hands with his UAE counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan after a joint press conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 2016. (Kamran Jebreili / AP)

The foreign ministers of Russia and the United Arab Emirates issued a joint warning to North Korea, Tuesday after it fired a ballistic missile over Japan, telling Pyongyang to "stop its provocations" and obey United Nations resolutions, per the AP's Jon Gambell.

Why it matters: A 2015 U.N. report estimates more than 50,000 North Koreans working overseas earned Pyongyang between $1.2 and $2.3 billion a year. And as Gambell points out, "The major markets for North Korean workers are China and Russia, but the Gulf also hosts thousands."

Between the lines: A forceful warning from Russia and the UAE, where North Korea makes billions of dollars a year, may be influential in making Pyongyang listen.

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