Sudan cuts ties with North Korea


Sudan has cut all defence ties with North Korea, a rare admission it used to have such ties in the first place.

The announcement came as Washington is locked in a standoff over Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear weapons programmes and as Sudan, still on the US list of state sponsors of terrorism, reels from an economic crisis.
“Sudan’s government would like to affirm its defence production sector has cancelled all contracts with North Korea and ended all relations, direct or through a third party,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

This is part of its commitment to the international Non-Proliferation Treaty and sanctions against Pyongyang. It did not say when ties were severed or provide details of what they had been.

The United States lifted 20 years of sanctions on Sudan in October a move to help Sudan’s ailing economy, but the country plunged into a fiscal crisis, with the Sudanese pound’s value plummeting and no significant increase in foreign investment.

Washington said Sudan made progress fighting terrorism and it secured Khartoum’s commitment not to pursue arms deals with North Korea.

Sudan remains on the US list of state sponsors of terrorism – alongside Syria and Iran – which means a ban on weapons sales and restrictions on US aid.

Sudan’s economic problems led to widespread protests earlier this year.