12 Countries Downgrade Ties with N.Korea

  • By Kim Jin-myung

    October 04, 2016 11:21

    At least 12 countries have reduced ties with North Korea this year, Voice of America reported last Friday.

    They include Mongolia, Vietnam and Uganda, who had been part of a ragtag band of allies of the repressive regime.

    Mongolia has canceled the registration of 14 North Korean ships that flew the Mongolian flag of convenience since the UN Security Council adopted a fresh resolution against the North in March.

    Vietnam, which marks the 66th anniversary of diplomatic relations with the North this year, in April expelled the chief and deputy chief of North Korea's Tanchon Commercial Bank, which was blacklisted by the UNSC.

    Uganda used to receive military and police training from the North but has now severed military ties with Pyongyang after a summit with South Korea in May.

    In a report on its implementation of the sanctions on July 25, Angola said it was keeping a close eye on two North Koreans, including a diplomat.

    In a similar report to the UN on June 8, South Africa said it stopped weapons deals and severed ties of military cooperation with the North.

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