Gaborone - Botswana has severed ties with North Korea with immediate effect on Wednesday, citing a recent UN report on mass murder, enslavement and starvation in the country.
"The Government of Botswana does not wish to be associated with a government which continues to display such total disregard for the human rights of its citizens," a statement read.
Early last year Botswana suspended bilateral co-operation with North Korea "as the result of the threat posed by that country to international peace and security."
Gaborone's decision comes after a hard-hitting UN report detailed "extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence" in the nuclear-armed totalitarian state.
"Botswana wishes to convey its heartfelt sympathies to the people of North Korea who are currently subjected to inhuman treatment under the leadership of Kim Jong-Un."