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Senior N. Korean diplomat holds talks with Russian ambassador

All News 09:35 February 09, 2022

SEOUL, Feb. 9 (Yonhap) -- A senior North Korean diplomat met with the Russian ambassador to Pyongyang earlier this week to discuss bilateral ties and regional and global issues, according to the North's foreign ministry, amid speculation that the two countries may be seeking to restart cross-border exchange.

Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Im Chon-il held talks with Ambassador Alexander Matsegora on Monday, the North's foreign ministry said in a post Tuesday on its website.

"Both sides exchanged views on the issue of DPRK-Russia relations and other issues of mutual concern regarding the regional and international situations and agreed to further strengthen strategic cooperation between the two countries," it said without elaborating. DPRK is the acronym for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The meeting came as the secretive North has shown some signs of preparations for partially resuming trade with its neighbors amid strict border controls against the pandemic.

This composite image, provided by Yonhap News TV, shows the flags of North Korea (L) and Russia. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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