The top US envoy in Sudan vowed on Wednesday to work with Khartoum in its efforts to be removed from Washington’s “terrorism” blacklist as he welcomed the African country’s decision to sever ties with North Korea.
In June, Sudan announced its defence firms had scrapped contracts with the Asian pariah state, acknowledging for the first time the existence of deals with heavily-sanctioned North Korea.
Washington has stepped up pressure on Sudan in recent months to cut all of its ties with Pyongyang, even though Khartoum has no official diplomatic relations with the country.
“North Korea is a paramount national security priority for the United States,” said US Charge D’Affaires in Khartoum, Steven Koutsis, in remarks marking the July 4 celebration at the embassy in the Sudanese capital.
“For this reason, we would like to emphasise our appreciation for actions taken by Sudan and all our allies and partners around the world who support our diplomatic and economic pressure on the North Korean regime.”
The US lifted its decades old trade embargo on Sudan in October but kept Khartoum in its “state sponsors of terrorism” list along with Iran, Syria and North Korea.