Uganda vows to halt military ties with N Korea: Seoul

2016-05-29 17:57
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (AFP, File picture)

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (AFP, File picture)

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Seoul - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni vowed to cut military and security ties with North Korea in line with UN sanctions imposed following Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests, a Seoul official said on Sunday.

Museveni, during a summit in Kampala with visiting South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, said he had ordered officials "faithfully" to honour the latest UN sanctions, Park's spokesperson Jung Yeon-Guk told reporters.

"We instructed officials to faithfully enforce the UN Security Council resolutions, including the halt of co-operation with North Korea in the security, military and police sectors," Jung quoted Museveni as saying.

The African country has maintained military co-operation with the isolated North, with dozens of North Korean military and police officials believed to be working in Uganda as military trainers.

Museveni, who has ruled Uganda since 1986, has visited the North three times and met Kim Il-Sung, the country's late founding president and grandfather of the current leader Kim Jong-Un.

The UN Security Council in March imposed the toughest sanctions to date on the North following its fourth atomic test in January and a long-range rocket launch a month later.

The rocket launch - widely seen as a disguised ballistic missile test - was staged in violation of existing UN resolutions that ban the country from any use of ballistic missile technology.

Kim Jong-Un, however, remained defiant in the face of growing international pressure, declaring his country a "responsible" nuclear weapons state at a recent meeting of the ruling Workers' Party.

The young leader also defended the country' widely-condemned nuclear arsenal as a deterrent against "hostile" US policy against his regime.

Park, during her first state visit to Uganda, discussed ways to strengthen ties including offering more aid to Kampala and development projects with it.

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