Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Mexico expelled the North Korean ambassador in protest of Pyongyang's recent nuclear test.
The government declared Ambassador Kim Hyong-gil persona non grata Thursday and gave him 72 hours to leave the country, its foreign ministry said in a statement.
Mexico said it "absolutely rejects" North Korea's nuclear activity.
"North Korea's nuclear activity is a serious risk for international peace and security and represents a growing threat to nations in the region," the Mexican government said.
The members of the United Nations Security Council are discussing new sanctions to punish North Korea's sixth and most powerful nuclear test conducted on Sunday.
The United States is circulating a draft resolution including banning crude oil shipments to the North and its exports of textiles, according to reports.