UN to probe Tanzania, Uganda and nine others over North Korea ties

A report published by an 8-member panel says the United Nations (UN) will probe North Korea’s military cooperation with 11 African countries.

Over the last few years, North Korea has looked to Africa for allies as it becomes more isolated from the world and the relationship between North Korea and Africa can be traced backed to the Cold War when the North Korea was searching for allies among newly liberated socialist countries in Africa.

Its search was aimed at stamping out western influence on the African continent. Unlike China’s relationship with Africa that is mainly concerned with trade and development, North Korea is determined to find military and diplomatic support on the continent.

The report asserts that North Korea sidestepped international sanctions to provide military and security assistance to Tanzania, Uganda, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Mozambique, Namibia, Benin, Botswana, Mali, and Zimbabwe.

It claims, North Korea used private companies as a font to offer security and military training to these African nations.  With these allegations, the United States has now called for tighter sanctions to be imposed on North Korea.

United Nations probe comes after series of North Korean weapons were seen in Africa. In June 2015, Angola was found to be in possession of North Korean marine engines and military boats.

Also, May 2016, South Korean officials announced at a summit in Kampala that Uganda pledged to stop military dealings with North Korea after a UN report revealed the pariah state was offering security training to the Ugandan police force.

Another incident is the revelation by the UN when a North Korean company fixed and improved surface-to-air missile systems in Tanzania

This call for tighter sanctions come at a time North Korea is facing increasing criticism over its nuclear weapons program and human rights practices.