President Yoweri Museveni Wednesday thanked embargoed North Korea for training the Uganda People’s Defence Forces and Uganda police, days after the United Nations Security Council told Uganda to explain its ties with Pyongyang.
President Museveni, who was presiding over the pass out of 692 police officers trained by North Koreans, said he had no problem with the reclusive nation, much criticised by the West over its democratic credentials.
“I thank the government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. They always give us technical support. There are people who are not happy with them, but I have not seen any problem with them,” the President said at Kabalye Police Training School in Masindi District.
“They trained our first tank crew. They have also trained Special Forces.”
Museveni also extended his "warm greetings" to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, who succeeded his father to run the Stalinist state in 2011.
The UN has imposed several sanctions against North Korea since 1993 that bar arms trade with the nation over its nuclear tests.
The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, said the recruits are trained to handle both criminal and paramilitary gangs.