The Iran Project

N Korean state news agency confirms FM Ri Yong Ho’s visit to Iran

FILE - In this July 28, 2015 file photo, North Korean Ambassador to China Ji Jae Ryong speaks at a press conference held at the North Korean Embassy in Beijing. If any hopes have been raised that the progress between the United States and Iran to halt Tehran’s development of nuclear weapons could bring a change in Pyongyang, North Korea has gone out of its way to thwart them. In a flurry of public comments since the deal, the North has been blunt - its nuclear weapons are not a bargaining chip, it is already a member of the nuclear club and if Washington wants to talk, it must recognize the North as such or put an immediate end to its hostile policies toward Pyongyang. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

MNA – A North-Korean state news agency, KCNA, has confirmed the upcoming visit of the country’s foreign minister to Iran after the ASEAN Regional Forum meeting hosted by Singapore.

State-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Friday that North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho will make an official visit to Iran soon, after participating in Saturday’s ASEAN Regional Forum meeting.

The news agency did not disclose further details about the upcoming visit of the North Korean political delegation to Iran.

The report came as Tokyo-based news agency Kyodo cited sources with knowledge of the North Korean FM’s itinerary that “Ri is expected to make an official visit to Iran after participating in Saturday’s ASEAN Regional Forum meeting of the 10-country regional bloc and other forum members.”

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was also in Singapore to take part in the 51st ministerial session of ASEAN member states, and to sign the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation with the bloc. He wrapped up his visit early Saturday to fly back to Iran.

The North Korean foreign minister has made visits to China, Russia, Azerbaijan republic, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Sweden, this year.

A North-Korean delegation had also traveled to Iran last year to attend President Rouhani’s inauguration ceremony.

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