MOZAMBIQUE DENIES UN ALLEGATION OF PURCHASING ARMS FROM NORTH KOREA

MAPUTO, The Mozambican government has denied UN accusation of purchasing military weapons and equipment from a trading company in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea).

More than two weeks ago the UN Security Council experts said in a report that a investment company under the Ministry of Defense of Mozambique paid six million U.S. dollars for North Korean arms, violating UN arms sanctions.

In reply to the UN report, Mozambican Defense Minister Atanasio M’tumuke said his government had nothing to fear because it had never bought arms from North Korea.

“These are false accusations. Mozambique has never bought arms from North Korea. We look forward to the investigation from the United Nations and we hope that they apologize for the allegations” after the investigation, said M’tumuke at the end of the Frelimo Party’s 11th Congress in Maputo.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Oldemiro Baloi also rejected the UN allegations, but admitted that Mozambique has been cooperating with North Korea for many years.

“It is not true that we have bought weapons from North Korea recently. The only time we acquired weapons from it was the early days of the country’s independence, and this never happened again. But we maintain cooperation with North Korea,” said Baloi.

According to the report, Mozambique was among the 11 African countries that violate the UN arms embargo on North Korea, which include Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Benin, Botswana, Mali, and Zimbabwe.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK