Chile rejects US request to cut ties with Korea
BEIJING - Chile is rejecting a U.S request to break off all diplomatic and commercial ties with North Korea that was made by Vice President Mike Pence during a visit to the South American nation.
Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Munoz says "we have not contemplated" such a move. Munoz adds: "We respect the request from the United States, but Chile maintains relations."
He noted that Chile has "strictly applied" all sanctions imposed on Pyongyang by the U.N. Security Council and characterized the nations' ties as "distant."
Chile and North Korea do not maintain embassies in each other's countries. The Chilean ambassador to China is in charge of any matters related to Pyongyang.
Commercial trade between Chile and North Korea is just $27 million a year, about $25 million of which is Chilean imports from the Asian country.
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