Robert Mugabe met North Korean leader & his Generals under suspicious circumstances
HARARE – Robert Mugabe on Monday met the President of the Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK), Kim Yong Nam, his military Generals and Intelligence chief in Harare today.
The rogue DPRK leader was accompanied by his army Generals, Intelligence Chief and other military operatives.
Political commentators on Monday said the meeting raised eyebrows considering that North Korea was in the middle of a nuclear dispute with Western nations. North Korea is well known in Zimbabwe for the training of 5 Brigade army regiment which killed so many people in the Matebeleland province in the 80s.
"Kim Yong Nam arrived in Harare today and went to the state house to meet with President Mugabe," a top official said.
Zimbabwe has had cordial relations with the DPRK since the country’s liberation struggle.
Former ZANU-PF secretary general,Edgar Tekere was once dispatched during the liberation struggle to sought arms but the weapons were not delivered although the DPRK had undertaken to provide them.
The DPRK is fighting with western countries over its nuclear programmes and most recently it launched a nuclear missisle early this year,a move that was denounced by neighbour Japan and western countries.
The country’s reclusive leader Kim Jong II rarely appears in public and sents envoys on national duty as he fears for his life.
North Korea recently began fresh talks with its southern neighbour South Korea on the need to disarm its nuclear programmes.
The visit to Zimbabwe by the top North Korean official has raised questions in the diplomatic circles. Zimbabwe is believed to have uranium deposits in the north of the country around the Zambezi escarpment.
It was not immediately clear whether Yong Nam will meet Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and other senior government officials.
Zimbabwe government in the past years embarked in the Look East policy after falling out with western governments over the country’s human rights records and holding fraudulent elections.
Although embarking in the Look East policy government is yet to receive any notable financial assistance from the East.
Since the formation of the unity government Zimbabwe has been requesting the West to help provide funds to mend the infation ravaged economy.