Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Africa: North Korea's New Friend?

This is an interesting article that I found online today that mentions a state visit conducted by Kim Yong Nam, the president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, to several African countries. This is a part of a "goodwill" tour undertaken by the North Korean leader to different African states to sign agreements in education, health, and other related topics. This is interesting because Uganda and North Korea have enjoyed good relations since 1972 (date of the establishment of diplomatic relations) and Ugandan president Museveni has often "Saluted the late Kim Il Sung for his commendable and outstanding work towards the development of Korea and in the same vein lauded his successor Kim Jong Il for having effectively continued implementing the policies of Kim Il Sung."

As part of the tour, the North Korean leader will travel to Namibia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo as well.


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