North Korea minister no longer welcome at Davos after nuclear test – WEF
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends the 3rd Meeting of Activists in Fisheries under the Korean People's Army (KPA) in this undated file photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang - REUTERS

GENEVA:  North Korea’s foreign minister is no longer invited to the World Economic Forum’s annual Davos meeting at the end of January following the country’s latest nuclear test, organisers said on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, a Davos statement said that Ri Su Yong would attend the event in the Swiss resort from Jan 20-23, the first time the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) was to send a delegation since 1998.

Philipp Roesler, a member of the Forum’s managing board later told a news conference in Geneva, they had invited North Korea last year “because at the time there had been some convincing encouraging signals out of the DPRK that there may be an opportunity for international global dialogue.”

“But we have seen what has happened last week, the nuclear test … so there will be no opportunity for the international global dialogue in the spirit of the World Economic Forum … Therefore we could not maintain our invitation to the DPRK.”

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