A North Korean delegation is on its way to Moscow to discuss cooperation between the two countries, Russia’s embassy in the DPRK said on Friday.
The delegation visit – which follows a meeting between South Korea’s nuclear negotiator Lee Do-hoon and his Russian counterpart on Thursday – was not reported by North Korean state media.
“The Chargé D’Affaires of Russia in the DPRK Alexander Minaev took a delegation of the DPRK foreign ministry headed by Rim Chong Il of the European Affairs Department 1 to Pyongyang’s Sunan Airport,” the embassy said in a Facebook post.
“During the talks they plan to discuss the plan of joint events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of establishing of diplomatic relations of our countries, which we’ll celebrate next Autumn.”
Rim is a former consular general to Vladivostok and currently leads the division of the DPRK foreign ministry responsible for former Soviet countries, including the Russian Federation.
Meanwhile, the Russian ambassador to North Korea in an interview on Wednesday said that Kim Jong Un would not visit Russia in the near future.
Speaking to RIA Novosti, Alexander Matzegora promoted a dual-freeze of North Korea’s nuclear and missile weapons testing in return for a test of U.S.-South Korean military drills. “No one’s suggested anything better.”
Notably, the ambassador also said there was no evidence to believe that Ukraine had supplied North Korea with missile engine parts, as had been reported by some Western media last year.
Edited by Oliver Hotham
Main picture: Russian Embassy Facebook Page
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