Nepal: North Korea Pulls in its Diplomatic Horns

By Rajaram Gautam

After nearly five decades of diplomaticrelations with Nepal, North Korea has decided to close its embassy in Kathmandu. On November 6, 2023, NorthKorea’s Ambassador, Jo Yong Man,1 informed the Nepali prime minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda – ironically,head of the minority but ruling Maoist party– that economic realities necessitateddealing with Kathmandu from afar. Diplomatically, this will likely be from NewDelhi; militarily, from Beijing.

Coming amidst a larg...