SEOUL, July 14 (UPI) — There has been a months-long delay on a new North Korean ambassador to Germany, and Berlin may have rejected the new appointee, according to a recent report.
The delay in the appointment has led to the temporary return of the former North Korean ambassador to his post, Radio Free Asia reported.
Pyongyang’s Amb. Ri Si Hong had ended his term in April, but he is back in Germany because of the postponement, the report stated.
Pyongyang had sent the German government an advance notice, requesting Berlin’s agreement to its newly appointed ambassador.
The agreement by government is a procedure designed to minimize bilateral conflict and a host government rejection of an appointee is typically rare in diplomacy.
Host nations also aren’t obligated to state their reasons for rejection.
Germany’s foreign office confirmed the current North Korean ambassador to Berlin is Ri, and that North Korea is to “soon appoint a successor ambassador.”
But the German government neither confirmed nor denied the new appointment was rebuffed, according to RFA.
There is some speculation that the yet-unidentified diplomat was flagged for misconduct, South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo reported.
But North Korea’s other diplomatic appointments have been going smoothly, according to its Workers’ Party newspaper.
The Rodong Sinmun reported last week the King of Cambodia Norodom Sihamoni recognized the appointment of Amb. Jang Yun Gon to Phnom Penh.
King Norodom Sihamoni said the “Cambodian people will never forget” the special cooperative relations between the two countries, Pyongyang stated.
The monarch studied cinematography in North Korea in 1975, according to the BBC.