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Iranian FM to visit North Korea soon


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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is scheduled to visit North Korea soon, state media said on Sunday.
Zarif, who is on an official visit to the United States, told Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) in an interview that the date for the visit will be announced soon.
The Iranian Foreign Minister also asserted that he is not aware of President Hassan Rouhani's possible visit to the South Asian country.
The visit holds prominence as both countries are facing US sanctions.
Last year, Trump had announced "toughest sanctions" on Iran, which has since punctured the country's economy. This was followed by Monday's decision to not extend sanction waivers for the nations importing Iranian Oil.
Speaking on the same, the Zarif said that Iran could consider leaving the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) as one of the options of responding to the US sanctions.
The NPT is a multilateral international document drafted by the UN committee on disarmament with the aim of preventing the expansion of the list of countries possessing nuclear weapons and easing the risk of a nuclear conflict, according to TASS news agency.

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First Published: Apr 28 2019 | 4:13 PM IST

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