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V K Singh in N Korea, in 1st high-level visit from India in 20 years

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

In first high-level visit to from in two decades, was in today where he held talks with several leaders including on key issues and raised New Delhi's concerns over

The two-day visit came less than a month before the proposed summit between US and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and is seen as an effort to reach out to

In the meetings, the said, the North Korean side provided an "overview" of some of the recent developments in the while Singh conveyed India's concerns over proliferation linkages of with India's neighbourhood, seen as a clear reference to

The North Korean leaders emphasized that as a friendly country, will never allow any action that would create concerns for India's security, said the MEA.

has been consistently raising the issue of North Korea's possible proliferation linkages with and had even demanded a probe into it.

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

This is the first ministerial level visit from 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.

Last month, North Korean leader and South Korean Moon Jae-in signed a joint statement following a historic summit aimed at improving ties between the two countries.

After the summit, Kim became the first North Korean leader to step into since the end of the Korean War in 1953. India had welcomed the peace initiatives.

The MEA said Singh's visit to Pyongyang, which began yesterday, was at the invitation of

During the visit, Singh held discussions with of the Presidium of the Kim Yong Dae, Ri Yong Ho, and

The MEA said a range of bilateral issues covering political, regional, economic, educational and cultural cooperation figured in the talks.

Singh's visit came amidst a threat by Pyongyang to cancel the June 12 summit between Kim and Trump if insists on pushing it "into a corner" on nuclear disarmament.

The US, however, said it is proceeding with the preparations for the summit.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 20:40 IST
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