VK Singh visits North Korea, raises issue of N-links with Pak

VK Singh visits North Korea, raises issue of N-links with Pak

After the rapproachment between North and South Korea and the stage set for a Summit between the United States and North Korea, India has resumed ministerial-level visits from its side to North Korea after a gap of almost 20 years.

In a surprise development, Minister of State for External Affairs Gen. V.K. Singh visited Pyongyang for talks with the North Korean government, the Ministry of External Affairs confirmed on Wednesday.

A key issue that India flagged pertained to the threat from nuclear proliferation and its linkages with Pakistan's, especially considering the role played by India's neighbour in developing the DPRK's nuclear programme.

The veiled reference seemed to allude to media reports for the past more than two decades of alleged clandestine nuclear and missile technology links between North Korea and Pakistan.

"The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) side emphasised that as a friendly country DPRK will never allow any action that would create concerns for India's security", said the statement.

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.

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Singh, according to the MEA, held discussions with the Vice-President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, Kim Yong Dae; foreign minister Ri Yong Ho, and culture minister Pak Chun Nam. He also emphasized that North Korea is "concentrating all their efforts" on economic development.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (front row center) poses with a group of North Korean party officials in Beijing, China on Wednesday. -North Korea summit, and of the bilateral relations, "would be clear" if Washington spoke of a "Libya-style" denuclearisation for the North.

After the summit, Kim became the first North Korean leader to step into South Korea since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

India and North Korea also made a decision to explore possibilities of cooperation in areas of mutual interest including vocational education, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, promotion of Yoga and traditional medicines.

Foreign Minister Spokesman Lu Kang told reporters that the parties must express sincerity, have good will and guarantee the conditions of the meeting scheduled for June between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump.

The North's official KCNA news agency stated previously, Pyongyang had called off high-level talks with Seoul in the first sign of trouble this is what had been warming ties.

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