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African connections became less ideological and more transactional.They needed money.“The stuff that we really think of today, particularly statues and infrastructure development, things like that, really are the last 10 or 20 years. With Kim Jong Un marching steadily toward a nuclear tipped ICBM, the U.
The Kim legacy in Africa continued with Kim Pyong Il — Kim Jong Il’s half-brother and onetime rival to succeed their father — who, as a military officer, was a prolific arms dealer in Africa, according to Park, of Harvard’s Kennedy School.“The North Korean military role in Africa has very close ties to the Kim family itself,” said Park.
“These are strong legacy issues that create this connective tissue.”And the Namibia government likes to make those historic connections clear as well.“Namibia had a long history of collaboration with North Korea.
Neither country maintains an embassy in their respective capitals, although DPRK formerly had one in Windhoek, which closed down in 1994.
During the Namibian War of Independence, the DPRK provided significant support for the People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), the armed wing of the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO).
They’re very much post-Cold War elements of the relationship,” Baker said. S., Japan, South Korea and others are increasingly trying to squeeze North Korea wherever they operate.