Australia has flatly denied a request from North Korea to reopen its embassy located in Canberra.
Being an ally to the United States as well as member to the United Nations, Australia explained that allowing the nation to get access again to its embassy in Canberra directly compromises its beliefs on North Korea's nuclear testing sprees which it strongly opposes.
"The proposal to reopen a North Korean Embassy in Canberra is not currently progressing," an Australian foreign ministry spokeswoman was quoted by Reuters.
"It is in abeyance until further notice while we work in the United Nations Security Council on the response to North Korea's recent nuclear activity," she said.
Patrick Low, spokesman for Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr, said the North Korean embassy could still reopen but nobody knows when.
"I wouldn't say it's abandoned. I wouldn't rule out the prospect of there ever being a North Korean Embassy. It's simply not being proceeded with at this point," he added.
The North Korean Embassy opened in Canberra in 2002 but was closed six years later due to financial reasons.
Then in December 2012, Pyongyang approached Australia and expressed the interest to reopen the structure. A team of North Korean diplomats was supposed to visit Canberra in February for site inspection, but Australia stopped the trip following the nuclear test.
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