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Uganda expels North Korean arms dealers

Tom Mugisha,

KAMPALA – Uganda has ordered two representatives of a North Korean company that deals in exportation of arms to leave the country.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has written to the North Korean embassy in Kampala ordering Korean Mining Development Trading Corporation [KOMID] to close its office and its representative leave Uganda.

“Accordingly, the government of Uganda has undertaken a number of measures, including any dealings with a sanctioned entity Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation (KOMID) and demanded withdrawal of its representatives in Uganda,” the letter reads.

The expulsion of the Koreas is an enforcement of the UN resolution 1718, which requires all member states not directly or indirect supply, sale, or transfer of arms to the North Korea.

The expelled officials are; Yu Kyong-Jin and Jong Kuk-Chol.  The State Minister for International Relations Henry Okello Oryem said the KOMID representatives are to leave the country soon.

“I don’t know whether they have left. But they know they are supposed to leave,” he said.

KOMID, a state-owned company has offices has different countries around the world and facilitates weapons sales for the North Korean government.

Mr Oryem said Uganda will continue updating the UN on the measures it is taking to comply with the UN resolutions.

Last month, Uganda said it will also not renew the contracts government had signed with North Korea to train UPDF soldiers.  In 2015, Uganda was listed among the top five countries in world that had close ties with the North Korea.

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