North Korean officials visit China to learn about economic reform

Posted May 17, 2018

The assurance came during Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh's two-day visit to North Korea that concluded on Wednesday. This is the first ministerial-level visit from India to DPRK after nearly 20 years. India points to the alleged role of Pakistan's AQ Khan in helping North Korea develop its nuclear program.

According to the NK Pro leadership tracker, Mr Pak regularly attends events or guidance visits with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with the most recent mention coming on Feb 2 when he went with the young leader to the Kumunsan Palace of the Sun.

VK Singh is first Indian minister to visit North Korea in 20 years even as Pyongyang reconsiders meeting United States on June 12: - General VK Singh, The Junior Minister for external affairs, on Wednesday became the first Indian minister in around 2 decades, reportedly, who is all set to visit North Korea, news agencies reported the same.

The ministry of external affairs (MEA) said in a statement, "The MoS highlighted the threat from nuclear proliferation, in particular India's concerns in the context of the proliferation linkages with India's neighbourhood".

State media of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said early Wednesday that Pyongyang would suspend high-level talks with the Republic of Korea (ROK) indefinitely and threatened to withdraw from a scheduled meeting with the United States over an ongoing U.S. -ROK joint military exercise.

The pleasantries exchanged are a sign of progress, more so given the MEA's condemnation of North Korea's launch of a nuclear missile in July a year ago. India had said then that its trade with North Korea was in any case "minimal".

India has sent a government minister to North Korea for the first time in almost two decades for talks on political and regional issues, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday, following signs of a thaw on the Korean peninsula.

Meanwhile, South Korean President Moon Jae-in is also expected to visit India in mid-July to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and apprise him of the developments in the peninsula.

The two sides also made a decision to explore further ties in vocational education, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, yoga and traditional medicines to mark 45 years of diplomatic relations.

The statements, combined with joint military drills by South Korean and USA warplanes, mark a dramatic reversal in tone from recent months when both sides embraced efforts to negotiate.

"Both sides agreed to strengthen people-to-people contacts through educational and cultural exchange, to mark 45 years of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries".