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Foreign Ministry Comments on DPRK-African Rels

DPRK Foreign Ministry and DPRK government office buildings in central Pyongyang (Photo: NK Leadership Watch).

DPRK Foreign Ministry and DPRK government office buildings in central Pyongyang (Photo: NK Leadership Watch).

The DPRK Foreign Ministry’s spox commented on DPRK-African relations on June 19 (Sunday).  According to KCNA, the DPRK Foreign Ministry spokesman said:

An assistant secretary of the US Department of State during the recent visits to some African countries talked rubbish that “the nuclear threat from north Korea is not far away” and “the period that a nuclear weapon may be used again has come after the lapse of 70 years because of north Korea.” Moreover, he reportedly claimed that African countries should break off all their relations with the DPRK if they are to evade the “nuclear threat.”

As known to the world, the US is the world’s first country that made a nuclear weapon, the only user of it and the very one hell-bent on committing high-handed and arbitrary practices through nuclear threat and blackmail.

Such a country, masking its criminal colors, has gone so impudent as to groundlessly assert that the DPRK is posing “nuclear threat” to far-off Africa.

The DPRK’s nuclear weapons are targeting not African countries but the US persisting in its hostile policy toward the DPRK and serve as a treasured sword of justice to blow up the US, the den of all evils in the world.

It is no more than a clumsy trick that the US seeks to tarnish the image of the DPRK and sow discord between the DPRK and African countries through all sorts of paradoxes and estrangement moves.

The traditions of friendship and cooperation between the DPRK and African countries are long-standing and historical ones that were forged and have developed since the early period of the struggle for independence and the building of new society in those countries. They are being further consolidated through mutually beneficial cooperation based on independence, equality and mutual respect.

As for the DPRK’s cooperation with Uganda, it started at the request of the Ugandan government long ago and has given substantial help to the country. As a relevant contract has expired, the personnel of the DPRK are now withdrawing themselves from the country according to an agreement between the two countries.

Nevertheless, the US is giving an impression that Uganda has ceased its cooperation with the DPRK under the pressure of the former. This is indeed ridiculous.

The US act of openly instigating African countries to sever relations with the DPRK is bound to go belly-up under strong denunciation of the countries in the region as it is a blatant interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states standing for independence.

The government of the DPRK will as ever invariably boost its traditional friendly and cooperative relations with African countries in the idea of its foreign policy–independence, peace and friendship.

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