Uganda severs ties with N. Korea, kick outs envoys

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni hosted a state banquet to honor a visiting delegation led by North Korean ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam in Kampala

The government of Uganda says it has decided to comply with the resolution of the United Nations Security Council [UNSC] regarding sanctions on North Korea.

“Accordingly, government of Uganda has undertaken a number of measures to implement the relevant UNSC resolutions,” the ministry of Foreign Affairs [MOFA] said in a statement.

MOFA said these measures include ceasing any dealings with a sanctioned entity, the Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation [KOMID] and demanded withdrawal of its representatives in Uganda.

“The government of Uganda will in due course inform the UNSC of the full range of measures it has undertaken in full compliance with UNSC resolutions.”

This was an agreement at the end of urgent consultations to address the ‘highly provocative’ launch of a ballistic missile by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

In a statement issued at the end of the consultations, the Security Council also emphasised the vital importance of the North Korea to immediately show sincere commitment to denuclearisation through concrete action.

The council noted that North Korea continuation of missile launches do not only create tensions in the Korean Peninsula and beyond but also undermines regional peace and stability and have caused grave security concerns around the world.

“The Security Council reiterates the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in North-East Asia at large, expresses its commitment to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation, and welcomes efforts by Council members, as well as other States, to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue,” reads part of the statement.

The consultations were held to address the highly provocative launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea. The missile flew over Japan on 14 September 2017, less than three weeks after the North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan on August 28, 2017, less than two weeks after it also conducted a test of an advanced nuclear device on September 3, 2017, and only three days after the Security Council unanimously adopted resolution number 2375 (2017).

Condemning the launch of yet another ballistic missile by DPRK, 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 the DPRK 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 latest launch, which the statement referred to as a “manifest violation” of Security Council resolutions comes less than two weeks after the DPRK conducted a test of a nuclear device on 3 September and only three days after the Security Council unanimously adopted fresh sanctions against the country.