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October 4, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan severed diplomatic relations with North Korea to satisfy U.S. additional benchmarks for the lift of economic sanctions, revealed the Financial Times on Wednesday.

Last July, President Donald Trump delayed his decision on the permanent revocation of the economic embargo on Sudan pointing to the need to improve human rights record, religious freedoms and requested commitments to the international sanctions on North Korea which tops Washington diplomatic priorities.

North Korea’s addition to the five-track framework agreement comes as result of reports disclosed in September 2011 that Khartoum had conducted secret talks with Pyongyang to purchase medium-range ballistic missiles, short-range missiles, and anti-tank missiles, according to a U.S. diplomatic note leaked by Wikileaks.

“There were concerns over the North Koreans but now the administration is quite convinced that we don’t have any relations with North Korea whatsoever,” said Sudanese Foreign Minister in statements to the Financial Times.

To clear these concerns, a U.S. official told the London based economic newspaper that Khartoum handed over to Washington a copy of a letter sent to Pyongyang in which it formally severed diplomatic relations with North Korea.

Also, Khartoum "passed on information about bank accounts held by North Korean fronts, including names and amounts, according to a person briefed on the letter," the official added.

Furthermore “The Sudanese have been pulling out the stops and they were very co-operative,” the source asserted.

As a result of this fruitful cooperation, officials expected that President Trump would take a positive decision on the cancellation of sanctions on 12 October, despite calls by human rights activists to maintain it.

The initial five-track engagement between Khartoum and Washington reached in December 2016, includes the cessation of hostilities in the conflict areas, the humanitarian access to civilians in the war zones, cooperation to address regional conflicts and the support of US counterterrorism efforts.

Recently, the U.S. administration removed Sudanese national from a travel ban list. Also despite raising concerns over the human rights and religious freedom in Sudan; the U.S. Department of Homeland Security ended on 19 September temporary protected status for citizens of Sudan as of 2018.

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  • 5 October 2017 18:31, by Kuch

    Our North Sudan of old! Wasn’t it a couple of years ago that North Sudan was nudged by Saudi Arabia & the gulf Arab states countries, the US & the UK to cut ties with Iran and send her mercenaries to Yemen in exchange for aid money & donations. And our North Sudan of all countries did so as was told by her masters. And here we go again, our North Sudan is being ordered by her new US masters>>>

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    • 5 October 2017 18:49, by Kuch

      to cut ties with North Korea in exchange for lifting of sanctions & possibly to be rewarded with financial aid & donations by the US businesses & her banking cartels. When we tell our Riek Machar lowly informed on our their US, the UK & some of their evil allies in between often prostitute or toy around with other countries by using their terror minded countries like North Sudan>>>

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      • 5 October 2017 19:10, by Kuch

        to destabilize other countries like our country, South Sudan to achieve their own evil ends. We keep informing our Riek Machar lowly informed idiots time & time again that their corporate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their allies often their former cold-war-like-situation to play games with other people & their countries>>>

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        • 5 October 2017 20:30, by Kuch

          And this is what they (evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their allies) have been playing in our country since 2013. Your evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their evil allies in between that>>>

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