Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has ordered his prime minister to ensure that relevant government departments terminate all police and military ties with North Korea, deputy government spokesman Shaban Bantariza said. This announcement was made after a summit meeting with South Korea’s president Park Geun-hye.
This in essence, means that the East African country is halting all military cooperation with Pyongyang.
Ms. Park is on a three-nation tour in Africa and met with Mr. Museveni on Sunday. The two leaders discussed increasing economic and other links, according to a South Korean government spokesman.
An end to military links between Uganda and North Korea would represent a victory for South Korea’s President as she tries to disrupt Pyongyang’s diplomatic and financial network to discourage its nuclear arms development.
Under new United Nations sanctions imposed following North Korea’s fourth nuclear test in January, the nation is banned from all military links with foreign countries, including all weapons trade and training contracts. Military trade has for decades been a source of cash and intelligence for North Korea.
Uganda’s military links to North Korea date back to the early 1970s when then-dictator Idi Amin signed an agreement with Pyongyang to provide training and weapons for his armed forces. Since then, North Korea has mainly provided Uganda with support services, such as training and arms maintenance.
The two Koreas are locked in a battle for influence in Africa.
Following the summit meeting on Sunday in Kampala, Uganda said it would adhere to U.N. sanctions and end military links with North Korea as it forges closer ties with South Korea.