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Myanmar FM in North Korea, visit details undisclosed


October 28, 2008

Myanmar FM in North Korea, visit details undisclosed
Myanmar's foreign minister arrived in Pyongyang on Monday and met his North Korean counterpart, more than a year after two of the world's most repressive governments resumed diplomatic ties, reported the Associated Press.

Foreign Minister Nyan Win met his North Korean counterpart, Pak Ui Chun, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in the North Korean capital, the North's official Korean Central News Agency said in a brief dispatch.

KCNA did not provide further details.

It was the first official visit to North Korea by a foreign minister from the military-ruled Southeast Asian nation in 25 years.

Myanmar's top diplomat traveled to Pyongyang after attending the Asia-Europe Meeting - known as Asem - in Beijing, a Myanmar official said in Yangon, the country's largest city. He spoke on condition of anonymity, saying he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Then known as Burma, the country severed relations with North Korea in 1983 following a bombing in its largest city by North Korean secret agents targeting South Korea's then-President Chun Doo-hwan. He was unhurt, but 21 people were killed, including four South Korean Cabinet ministers.

The two countries quietly have been working to normalize relations for the past few years, and agreed to resume diplomatic ties in April 2007.

Myanmar, which faces an arms embargo by the United States and European Union countries, also reportedly has bought weapons from North Korea.

Officials from the two countries have made some diplomatic visits since ties were restored. Myanmar's sports minister, Brig. Gen. Thura Aye Myint, recently traveled to North Korea. A delegation led by senior military officers also visited the North earlier this year.

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