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The Mozambican government today stated that it defends universal disarmament and said it will work with the United Nations experts who are investigating alleged arms exports from North Korea to Mozambique.
“The Mozambican state defends the principle of universal disarmament,” said Ana Comoana, spokeswoman for the Council of Ministers, questioned by Lusa news agency at the end of the meeting.
Furthermore, the country is a signatory to several international treaties against the proliferation of weapons, including nuclear weapons, and endorses the resolutions of the UN Security Council, she stressed.
Therefore, “it is clear on which principle” the Mozambican executive stands, considered Ana Comoana.
There being a panel of experts to investigate the matter, “the Government will work with this panel to better understand any issues” which may arise,” with a view to “appropriate clarification, in due time”.
“But all our country has done is ensuring compliance with the treaties to which it is a party,” she concluded.
UN experts monitoring sanctions have indicated in a report released on Saturday that the Kim Jong-un Government continues to ignore sanctions on goods as well as the arms embargo and restrictions on transportation and financial activities.
As for Mozambique, the panel of eight experts says that it is continued its investigation into the reported supply of man-portable air defence systems, surface-to-air missiles and radar to Mozambique involving Haegeumgang Trading Corporation (a.k.a. Haegumgang) and the Mozambique Government-controlled company “Monte Binga”.
Haegeumgang has been reported by two Member States as active in Mozambique and the neighbouring United Republic of Tanzania. One Member State specified that Haegeumgang had provided the same surface-to-air missile systems to both Mozambique and the United Republic of Tanzania,” reads the report.
Read the full UN report here.Source: Lusa
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