It is first time in over two decade time that an Indian Minister is visiting North Korea.
Minister of State for External Affairs Gen (retd) VK Singh arrived in Pyongyang amid thaw in relations between North Korea and United States of America.
Minister Singh met host of Korean leaders during his visit and lauded move to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
During talks with the senior North Korean leadership, Singh highlighted the threat from nuclear proliferation.
He specifically talked about India’s concerns in the context of the proliferation linkages with India’s neighbourhood, which implies Pakistan even if he did not name any country.
On its part, the DPRK (North Korea) side provided an overview of some of the recent developments in the Korean Peninsula.
The DPRK also emphasized that as a friendly country N Korea will never allow any action that would create concerns for India’s security.
In Pyongyang, Singh held talks with several ministers, including Kim Yong Dae, Vice President of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, Ri Yong Ho, Foreign Minister, Pak Chun Nam, Minister of Culture and Choe Hui Chol, Vice Foreign Minister, on several issues covering political, regional, economic, educational and cultural cooperation between the two countries.
Both countries decided to explore possibilities of cooperation in areas of mutual interest including vocational education, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, promotion of Yoga and traditional medicines.