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October 18, 1976

PRESS RELEASE OF THE ROYAL MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

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    Announcement that all North Korean Embassy personnel in Oslo have been asked to leave the country following reports of smuggling through the embassy.
    "Press Release of the Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs," October 18, 1976, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Dossier 14.1/45, 1970-1979, Archives Section, Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway. Obtained by Charles Kraus and translated by August Myrseth. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/134883
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 PRESS RELEASE

ROYAL MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

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All personnel from the North Korean Embassy in Oslo have been declared unwanted in Norway. They have been ordered to leave the country within six days.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has taken this measure after receiving a police report proving the civil servants of the North Korean Embassy have been involved in extensive illegal import and distribution of spirits and cigarettes.

This afternoon, Secretary General Sverre Gjellum summoned North Korea’s Embassy Counsellor and chargé d’affaires in Oslo, Pak Gi-pil [sic], informed him of the police report, and declared the Embassy’s personnel persona non grata in Norway and asked them to leave the country.

Oslo, 18. October 1976