Uganda Backs Embargo on North Korea Amid UN Investigations

The government of Uganda is yet to comprehensively inform the United Nations Security Council of measures it has undertaken on North Korea, given the latter has insisted on escalating its nuclear program.

The UN Security Council has imposed a series of resolutions since 2006 sanctioning North Korea’s nuclear program.

Dated September 9, a report by UN indicated they were investigating Uganda and Tanzania for their continued dealings with North Korea.

Issued two days prior to the UN Security Council’s unanimous adoption of a tough new round of sanctions aimed at coercing North Korea into negotiations on its nuclear arsenal, the report  revealed that they were assessing  allegations that Tanzania has entered into military-related contracts with a North Korean corporation valued at about $12.5 million.

They also revealed they were probing into North Korean training of Ugandan military and police forces, “in particular the Ugandan air force.”

North Korean experts have trained Ugandan army pilots and technicians in martial arts and acrobatics for the last 13 years.

Since 2014, trainers were at the Uganda Air Force Academy in Nakasongola district while others were at a military school in Entebbe.

But a statement released by the Uganda People’s Defence (UPDF) spokesman Brig. Richard Karemire showed that Uganda had cut military ties with North Korea.

Dated September 15, a letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also shows the government has already severed a number of dealings with North Korea.

These include; “Ceasing any dealings with a sanctioned entity, the Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation (KOMID) and demanded the withdrawal of its representatives in Uganda.”

UN Speaks out

Condemning the launch of yet another ballistic missile by North Korea, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the Security Council called on the country’s leadership to halt such activities and explore resumption of sincere dialogue on denuclearisation.

In a statement attributable to his spokesperson, the Secretary-General called on North Korea leadership “to cease further testing, comply with the relevant Security Council resolutions, and allow space to explore the resumption of sincere dialogue on denuclearisation.”

The statement also noted that Mr. Guterres will be discussing the situation on the Korean Peninsula with all concerned parties in the margins of the upcoming high level week of the UN General Assembly.

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