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Vice defense minister returns home from official visit to Africa

All Headlines 18:18 April 02, 2017

SEOUL, April 2 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's vice defense minister has returned home after paying official visits to two African nations to expand defense cooperation, his ministry said Sunday.

Hwang In-moo visited Egypt and Angola last week as part of efforts to weaken North Korea's military network with African nations, the ministry said.

"The visit was especially meaningful as it was an extension of (Hwang's visit) to Ethiopia and Uganda last May, which served as an expansion of our defense diplomacy with African nations that have close ties to the North," it said.

On Tuesday, Hwang visited Egypt and met with senior military officials to express gratitude for the African nation's efforts to implement U.N. sanctions on North Korea over its banned nuclear and missile activity. Egypt is currently a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.

Hwang requested Egypt's continued cooperation on pressuring North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program, the ministry said. He also signed a memorandum of understanding on bilateral defense cooperation with Egyptian Defense Minister Sedki Sobhy.

On Thursday, the vice minister visited Angola, which has long had friendly ties with North Korea, to thank the African nation for its role in drawing a U.N. sanctions resolution against Pyongyang after its fourth nuclear test last year. Angola was president of the U.N. Security Council at the time.

Hwang met with Angolan Vice President Manuel Domingos Vicente and the two sides agreed to strengthen defense cooperation, the ministry said.

During his visit, the countries inked a memorandum of understanding calling for increased exchange visits between senior military officials, active exchanges between their defense industries and cooperation in defense education.

hague@yna.co.kr
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