Government Denies Ending North Korea Ties

Uganda government has denied ending diplomatic relationship with Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) following the visit of South Korea president Park Geun-hye earlier this week.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye (L) walks with Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa (R) after arriving at Entebbe International Airport, Saturday
South Korean President Park Geun-hye (L) walks with Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa (R) after arriving at Entebbe International Airport, Saturday

In a statement issued by the PS Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. James M. Mugume, the media remarks attributed to Sam Kutesa were misinterpreted.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform the general public and members of the international community that contrary to media reports attributed to Foreign Affairs Minister Hon. Sam Kutesa, Uganda has not severed Diplomatic Relations with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK),” the statement reads in part.

He said Media interview remarks by Sam Kutesa were taken grossly out of context.

“The Government of Uganda would continue working with the DPRK which has been offering military and police training to Uganda. His detailed response was reduced to a sound-bite which was clearly understood by those in the diplomatic community but unfortunately not by our local media fraternity.”

Mugume added that the disengagement of defence and police cooperation does not imply that Uganda has severed relations with the DPRK.

“We have bilateral cooperation framework agreements with several countries which are revised, adjusted and cancelled regularly. These changes do not and should not be seen as severance of diplomatic relations. Severing of diplomatic relations is usually an act preceding a war between two states and is considered an act of hostility. It is characterized by expulsion of Diplomats and closure of Diplomatic premises. Uganda has not transmitted any such communication to Pyongyang or to the DPRK Embassy in Kampala,” the statement noted.

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