North Korea's £250,000 in unpaid congestion charges: Total is part of £100m debt racked up by diplomats since 2003

Mail Online | 10/12/2017 | Larisa Brown Political Correspondent For The Daily Mail
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North Korean diplomats owe more than £250,000 in congestion charges and £4,500 in parking fines, the foreign secretary said yesterday.

Foreign diplomats have racked up debts on unpaid congestion charge totalling more than £100million in total, since the levy’s introduction in London in 2003, Boris Johnson disclosed.

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More than one tenth of the £105,419,835 total is owed by the US Embassy, which has 96,274 outstanding congestion charge fines worth more than £11.5million.

Meanwhile, diplomatic missions also failed to pay more than £1million in business rates in 2016, even though they are exempted from 94 per cent of the charge.

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The figures were disclosed in a written statement to Parliament by the Foreign Secretary, who said his officials regularly press embassies to pay debts and fines.

Many embassies refuse to pay the congestion charge on vehicles travelling in central London, on the grounds that they are exempt from most local taxes under the 1961 Vienna Convention.

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In a written ministerial statement, Boris Johnson said the Foreign Office had held meetings with ‘a number of missions’ about the outstanding debts.

The embassy of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea owes...
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