The government of South Korea has expressed its gratitude to the Ugandan government for ending military ties with North Korea to comply with an embargo by the United Nations, the Uganda People’s Defence (UPDF) spokesman Richard Karemire has said in a statement.
North Korean experts have trained Ugandan army pilots and technicians; martial arts and acrobatics for the last 13 years.
Since 2014, trainers were at the Uganda Air Force Academy in Nakasongola district and a “couple of others” were at a military school in Entebbe.
The South Korean government delivered their message, according to the statement, through the country’s Vice Minister for National Defence, Suu Choo-Suk in Seoul who met with Col (rtd) Charles Engola Okello , the Ugandan Minister of State for Defence in charge of General duties.
“In the meeting, the government of Republic of Korea expressed its gratitude to Uganda for the swift implementation of UNSC resolution 2270 (2016) that has led to the end of Military cooperation between Uganda and the Democratic republic of Korea,” Brig. Karemire wrote.
The UN Security Council has imposed a series of resolutions since 2006 sanctioning North Korea’s nuclear program.
Among other things, the duo also discussed the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two nations’ Security sectors concerning cooperation in the field of Defence, signed at Entebbe on May 29, 2016.
On the tensions around the Korean Peninsula, Okello reiterated that the solution will be through diplomatic efforts, noting that proliferation of nuclear weapons was a threat to world peace.