Egypt cuts military ties with North Korea
Military chief of the armed forces, General Sedkai Sobhi, announced Monday that his country had severed military ties with North Korea, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

There was no immediate confirmation from the Egyptian government of the IAEA report, but the move followed a US decision last month to reduce or delay nearly $ 300 million in aid to Egypt's human rights record and relations with Pyongyang.

South Korea's Defense Ministry quoted South Korean Defense Minister Siddiqui Sobhi, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, as telling Defense Minister Song Yong Moo that Cairo had "already cut all military ties with North Korea."

"Egypt will actively cooperate with South Korea against North Korea, which threatens peace," the agency quoted General Sedqai Sobhi, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, as saying.

Yonhap said that the suspension of General Sedkai Sobhi, commander-in-chief of the armed forces and defense minister, was in response to Song's request for Egypt to join efforts to tighten sanctions on the north over its missile tests and recent nuclear tests.

In Cairo, Iraqi Army spokesman Col. Tamer Rifai said that the first team commander of the armed forces, Sadaki Sobhi, discussed the military and security cooperation with South Korean officials. He declined to comment.

Egypt has maintained close ties with North Korea for decades, with the secret nation selling arms to Egypt and raising its arsenal of medium-range missiles.

Naguib Sawiris, an Egyptian businessman with a telecommunications and media firm, helped establish the North Korean mobile phone network in 2008. The company's total investment in communism is $ 500 million, according to the official website of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.

Mohamed al-Menshawi, an Egyptian-based Egyptian interior minister, told the Associated Press last week that the Trump administration was urging Cairo to cut off military ties with Pyongyang as Washington continued to seek to isolate North Korea.

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