MoS External Affairs General VK Singh visits North Korea

In first high-level visit to North Korea from India in two decades, Minister of State for External Affairs General V K Singh was in Pyongyang 16 May 2018 where he held talks with several leaders including Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on key issues and raised New Delhi’s concerns over nuclear proliferation.

The two-day visit came less than a month before the proposed summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and is seen as an effort to reach out to Pyongyang. The North Korean leaders emphasized that as a friendly country, Pyongyang will never allow any action that would create concerns for India’s security.

India has been consistently raising the issue of North Korea’s possible proliferation linkages with Pakistan and had even demanded a probe into it. This is the first ministerial level visit from India to North Korea after a gap of almost 20 years. India and North Korea established formal diplomatic relations in 1973. The current year marks the 45th year of establishment of diplomatic relations.

The MEA said Singh reiterated India’s support to the joint peace initiative by leadership of both North Korea and South Korea, saying it was encouraging both sides in their efforts towards establishment of peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula.

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