N.Korea Continues Covert Deals with Uganda

Beatrice Yuu, Dec. 12, 2018, 9:15 a.m.

Uganda continues covert military exchanges and weapons deals with North Korea since it told the world that it cut all military and economic ties with the renegade country, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

North Korea is dodging international sanctions by sending military instructors and doctors and selling weapons to the African country.

The daily said the North also continues covert ties with other small African nations like Tanzania, Sudan, Zambia and Mozambique.

In 2016, Uganda, a traditional ally of the North, said that it had stopped economic and military contacts with Pyongyang. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in an address to the UN General Assembly in September last year swore that his country is faithfully implementing North Korea sanctions.

During a visit last month, the WSJ spotted four Asian men at Nakasongola Air Base and was later told by Ugandan military officers and local residents that they were North Koreans.

The paper said a navy document from October instructs "officers to organize for coaching from 'a workforce of consultant from North Korea.'" 

"The commandos, from North Korea's special-operations division, are covertly coaching Uganda's elite troops in skills from martial arts to helicopter-gunnery operations," the daily quoted sources as saying.

A document seen by the daily lists various kinds of North Korean-made arms, including anti-tank weapons, rocket propelled grenades and small firearms, that smuggled in until August through a Kenyan port.

North Korean doctors were also spotted at Kampala Worldwide College educating hospital last month. Ugandan authorities were asked by the hospital in October to issue visas to 16 North Korean doctors, it added.

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