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Russian speaker meets with N. Korean party secretary: report

All Headlines 18:27 November 24, 2009

SEOUL, Nov. 24 (Yonhap) -- Sergei Mironov, Russia's parliamentary speaker, met with his North Korean counterpart Tuesday to discuss enhancing ties and bilateral interests, the North's state media said.

The North's Korea Central News Agency reported that Mironov, chairman of the Federation Council of Russia, arrived in Pyongyang and met with Choe Thae-bok, secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea.

At the meeting held at the Mansudae Assembly Hall, the two sides discussed issues of "boosting the friendly and cooperative relations" and "a series of bilateral interests," according to the report.

According to a Pyongyang-datelined report from Itar-Tass, Mironov said that the visit was arranged at the invitation from "the leadership of North Korea" and that he felt need "to hold talks on a wide circle of problems."

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