Thursday, December 1, 2016

North Korea-Africa Cooperation

The Institute for Security Studies published on 30 November 2016 a major study titled "Cooperation between African States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea" by Annie DuPre, Nicolas Kasprzyk, and Noel Stott.

Most African states have refrained from explicitly condemning North Korea's nuclear weapon and delivery system-related activities as a threat to international peace and security. The authors suggest this may be the result of the legacy of North Korea's military support of African liberation movements and the contemporary political and economic relations that many African states still have with Pyongyang. North Korea has built arms factories in the DRC, Ethiopia, Madagascar, and Uganda. Namibia has contracted with North Korea to build military sites and ballistic missile manufacturing lines have been sold to Egypt and Libya.

On 30 November 2016, the UN Security Council in a unanimous vote of 15 members put new sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear and ballistic missile tests. The three non-permanent African members--Angola, Egypt, and Senegal--voted in favor of additional sanctions.

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