Sudan cuts ties with North Korea

Sudan cuts ties with North Korea

Sudan capital, Khartoum

Sudan capital, Khartoum

Sudan told Washington D.C. Thursday it has severed diplomatic relations with Pyongyang.

The move comes as the US is expected to lift economic sanctions on Sudan. A senior Sudanese official said all the conditions set out by the US had now been met.

That follows Uganda, which distanced itself from North Korea last year. Botswana ended ties in 2014 saying it refused to support a government with “total disregard for the human rights of its citizens.”

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Economic sanctions were forced on the country after it was labelled a "sponsor of terrorism.”

Pyongyang has depended more on African nations since placed under international sanctions in 2006. North Korea imports goods from Africa such as fish, vegetables and scrap iron while exporting petrol and medicine, according to the Observatory of Economic Complexity.

North Korean weapon factories can be found in Congo, Uganda, Ethiopia, Madagascar and Namibia.

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