North Korea

Australia Blocks Visit by North Korean Diplomats

Not happy about nuclear testing


Australia has blocked a visit by North Korean diplomats seeking to reopen an embassy in Canberra because of the reclusive state's nuclear test this week, Foreign Minister Bob Carr said on Thursday.

North Korean officials had been due this weekend to look at possible embassy sites. Cash-strapped Pyongyang closed its mission in 2008 due to high costs.

North Korea conducted its third nuclear test on Tuesday in defiance of U.N. resolutions, drawing condemnation from around the world.