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Posted : 2016-11-02 13:56
Updated : 2016-11-02 13:56

Sudan completely severs military ties with N. Korea

Sudan has completely severed its previous military ties with North Korea, the country's foreign minister said, condemning Pyongyang for its nuclear and missile development.

"Sudan once maintained military cooperation with North Korea, but this has been completely severed now," Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour was quoted by the foreign ministry in Seoul as saying during talks with his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung-se on Tuesday.

"(Sudan) currently has no exchange of embassies with North Korea, nor does it have any plans for personnel exchanges," the top Sudanese diplomat said.

Any kind of nuclear weapons impedes maintaining peace and security, he said, stressing that "Sudan is strictly complying with the United Nations Security Council's resolutions on North Korea."

During the meeting, Yun also urged Sudan's continued cooperation in the international community's push to step up pressure on North Korea, according to the ministry.

In addition to North Korea, the policymakers touched on bilateral relations and cooperation in economic and development areas, the ministry said.

Yun stressed the 40th anniversary of the two countries' diplomatic relations next year will provide momentum for boosting bilateral exchanges and relationship.

Ghandour called for more corporate investment in Sudan's agricultural and agro-processing sectors.

Yun also prodded Sudan to quickly bring into force a bilateral investment treaty and two other pacts on preventing double taxation and official development assistance.

Signing a memorandum of understanding between the two foreign ministries, the top diplomats also agreed to continue high-level dialogue.

The Sudanese foreign minister is in South Korea for a four-day visit that began Monday to attend a business forum and meet with officials from South Korea's official development assistance agency KOICA. (Yonhap)

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