North Korean officials visit China to learn about economic reform

North Korean officials visit China to learn about economic reform

North Korean officials visit China to learn about economic reform

The statement said the North Korean side "provided an overview of some of the recent developments in the Korean Peninsula".

The move was actually precipitated by India's concern over Pakistan's supposed access to North Korea's missile technology, strategically phrased as "proliferation linkages in India's neighbourhood". 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. The US, armed with reports that said India may have "unwittingly" contributed North Korea's rogue behaviour, lobbied with New Delhi to close down its mission and further reduce contacts.

"If the U.S.is trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in such dialogue and can not but reconsider our proceeding to the DPRK-U.S. summit", Kim Kye Gwan said, referring to the North by its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. In a statement issued by its First Vice-Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan on Wednesday, North Korea threatened to call off the talks if the Trump administration made denuclearisation a precondition.

In a statement on Wednesday, the MEA said, "At the invitation of the Government of Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), minister of state for external affairs V.K. Singh is on an official visit to DPRK from May 15 to 16".

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Confirming the visit, the External Affairs Ministry said Singh had held discussions with Kim Yong Dae, Vice-President of the Supreme People's Assembly, Ri Yong Ho, foreign minister and other North Korean leaders on a range of issues, including bilateral cooperation in political, regional, economic, education and cultural fields.

China's foreign minister says the United States should seek the middle ground in negotiations with North Korea for achieving a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.

"He noted with pleasure that he met Chairman Kim Jong-un two times and exchanged the comprehensive and detailed views on the matters of concern including the development of the relations between the two parties and the two countries and the regional and worldwide situation", it added.

India and North Korea also chose to explore possibilities of cooperation in areas of mutual interest including vocational education, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, promotion of Yoga and traditional medicines. Singh reiterated India's support for the joint peace initiative of North and South Korean leaderships, encouraging both sides to continue their efforts for peace in the peninsula.

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