North Korea Speaks out On Ruined Military Cooperation with Uganda
The government of the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea (DPRK) has for the first spoken about Uganda’s sudden withdrawal of military cooperation.
A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK has declared that North Korea is in response withdrawing from Uganda as per the agreement signed by the two countries.
It should be remembered that last month, the government announced that Kampala will cut military ties with Pyongyang.
For a long time, the two countries have enjoyed a cordial diplomatic relationship that North Korea offered military training to Ugandan police in addition to offering aid, advisors and training pilots.
Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa while addressing journalists at State House Entebbe declared that, “Following the UN sanctions, we are disengaging our relations with North Korea. We do not support proliferation of nuclear weapons.”
DPRK government has said that their country’s cooperation with Uganda started at the request of the Ugandan government long ago and has given substantial help to the country.
“As a relevant contract has expired, the personnel of the DPRK are now withdrawing themselves from the country according to an agreement between the two countries,” DPRK spokesperson said in a statement.
“Nevertheless, the U.S. is giving an impression that Uganda has ceased its cooperation with the DPRK under the pressure of the former. This is indeed ridiculous.”
Recently, an assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of State reportedly said that African countries should break off all their relations with the DPRK if they are to evade the “nuclear threat.”
In response, DPRK government has blamed U.S. for instigating African countries to sever relations with the DPRK in what it referred to as a clumsy trick that the U.S. seeks to tarnish the image of the DPRK and sow discord between the DPRK and African countries through all sorts of paradoxes and estrangement moves.
“The traditions of friendship and cooperation between the DPRK and African countries are long-standing and historical ones that were forged and have developed since the early period of the struggle for independence and the building of new society in those countries. They are being further consolidated through mutually beneficial cooperation based on independence, equality and mutual respect,” the statement reads.
It adds, “The U.S. act of openly instigating African countries to sever relations with the DPRK is bound to go belly-up under strong denunciation of the countries in the region as it is a blatant interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states standing for independence.”
DPRK has vowed to invariably boost its traditional friendly and cooperative relations with African countries in the idea of its foreign policy-independence, peace and friendship.