VK Singh visits N Korea to discuss growth in peninsula

S. Korea to Cooperate with US on Achieving Nuclear Free Korean Peninsula

The Ministry of External Affairs has remained lip closed regarding the visit of the minister VK Singh, in North Korea and not much detail are available as of now regarding the same.

Municipal and provincial party chiefs from North Korea who visited China this week said openly they were there to learn from China's new open economy. A readout by MEA said that Singh "held discussions with the H.E. Mr. Kim Yong Dae, Vice President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, H.E. Mr. Ri Yong Ho, Foreign Minister, H.E. Mr. Pak Chun Nam, Minister of Culture and Mr. Choe Hui Chol, Vice Foreign Minister of DPRK on a range of issues covering political, regional, economic, educational and cultural cooperation". With Trump ready to meet Kim, Xi Jinping has had two summits already, Shinzo Abe has indicated he too wants a piece of the diplomatic action, while South Korea's president Moon Jae-In has already taken the first steps towards a reconciliation between the two Koreas.

North Korea has assured India that as a friendly country, DPRK will never allow any action that would create concerns for India's security. Pakistan and North Korea have a history of cooperation in nuclear technology.

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".


Singh's reiteration of India's stand favouring the peace initiative came hours after Pyongyang cancelled a high-level meeting with Seoul - scheduled for Wednesday - in protest against a joint military drill by the United States and South Korea, calling it a provocation and a preparation for an invasion.

The visit by General Singh closely followed the presentation of credentials by the new Indian Ambassador Atul Gotsurve to Pyongyang. Experts believe that since 1970s, Pakistan and North Korea have cooperated extensively on the development of ballistic missile and nuclear weapons technologies.

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. India had said then that its trade with North Korea was in any case "minimal".

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 previous year. The two sides agreed to collaborate in a number of spheres, including education, medicine, agriculture and the promotion of cultural practices like yoga.

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