Image Credits: The Zimbabwe Mail
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the United States are closely watching the Zimbabwean government’s relations with North Korea after Harare sent a military delegation to the secretive Asian state last month.
A Zimbabwean military delegation, led by Air Force of Zimbabwe commander Air Marshall Elson Moyo (centre), with North Korean generals in the Asian country.
North Korea is under a comprehensive and open-ended UN arms embargo that prohibits the export of weapons to and import of weapons from the country. Military co-operation with Pyongyang is strictly prohibited.
In June 2006, the UN Security Council established an embargo on exports of major arms to and imports from North Korea. In June 2009, Security Council Resolution 1874 widened the embargo to all arms, except for the export of small arms and light weapons to the country. In 2015, the Security Council expanded the embargo to include all small arms and light weapons.
The compulsory UN restrictions have been extended to ban virtually all North Korean exports, including all coal, iron and iron ore, lead and lead ore, textiles, seafood, heavy machinery, electrical equipment and agricultural products.
According to information obtained from Rodang Sinmun, a North Korean newspaper that is the official voice of the central committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the Zimbabwe military delegation led by Commander of the Air Force of Zimbabwe Air Marshall Elson Moyo, arrived in North Korea on February 6 to attend the 70th founding anniversary of the North Korean People’s Army (KPA).
The visit came just five months after the UN Panel of Experts wrote a letter to Zimbabwe government officials demanding to know the operations of North Korea’s Mansudae Overseas Project (MOP) Group of Companies, as stated in a UN report dated September 5 2017.
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