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Is Ethiopia Violating UN Sanctions against North Korea

Current sanctions regime against North Korea prohobits Ethiopia from getting arms, technical training, advice, services or assistance
Current sanctions regime against North Korea prohibits Ethiopia from getting “all arms and related material, as well as…technical training, advice, services or assistance related to the provision, manufacture, maintenance or use of such arms or material”. However, Ethiopia’s potential links to North Korea through the Gafat Armament Industry and Homicho Ammunition Industry constitute a violation to UN Security Council Resolution 1874 (2009)

By Andrea Berger,

SINCE the 1970s, Ethiopia has been in the company of North Korea’s most loyal military customers. Amongst other things, Pyongyang has been a source of munitions, armored personnel carriers, tanks and tank parts, artillery and rocket fuel. In addition to these forms of assistance, North Korea has helped Ethiopia construct, operate and upgrade two weapons factory complexes—today known as the Gafat Armament Industry and Homicho Ammunition Industry.

From Ethiopia’s perspective, contracting to North Korea for the initial supply of weapons production technology was a means of reducing long-term dependence on foreign military suppliers. Continue reading Is Ethiopia Violating UN Sanctions against North Korea