President Museveni has promised to support United Nations sanctions against North Korea, Chimp Corps report.
Museveni said Uganda will no longer have to trade with North Korea much as the country helped develop his armed forces’ capacity.
North Koreans trained UPDF’s artillery commanders and specialized units of police.
However, North Korea continues to launch missile tests.
The international community wants North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program.
Museveni was speaking at the United Nations 72nd General Assembly held under the theme, ‘Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent life for all on a Sustainable Planet’.
“We do not have to trade with North Korea. We are, however, grateful that, in the past, the North Koreans helped us to build our tank forces,” he said.
Uganda has since asked the North Korean envoy to leave the country.
Museveni said as “kith and kin,” the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) would do well to alone discuss their re-unification.
He cited a unified Viet Nam, as well as that of Germany in 1990.
Noting the strength of a unified Korea, he posed the queries, “Why do some actors fear strong nations in the world? Why should the Koreans themselves (North and South) allow external forces to continue to divide them?”
“We always strive not to allow actors, foreign or local, to divide the African peoples, regardless of the complications involved,” he underscored, saying that Uganda accommodates many African refugees on account of a conscious ideological position – “not to allow any actors to divide us. We only fight traitors.”
In regard to striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet, Museveni questioned why the world’s elites failed to see its pertinence.
“Who would lose if all the people on the globe led a decent life,” he said, namely by having enough food; inoculations for “immunizable” diseases; drinkable water; education; clean electricity; fair-paying jobs; and respectable homes.
“Parasitism is the only obstacle to global affluence, prosperity and peace,” he added.