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N.Korean Officials 'to Learn from China's Market Opening'

N.Korean Officials 'to Learn from China's Market Opening'

Earlier, India had welcomed the move when North Korea's Kim Jong-un had visited South Korea last month to meet President Moon Jae-in.

The MEA said Singh reiterated India's support to the joint peace initiative by leadership of both North Korea and South Korea, saying it was encouraging both sides in their efforts towards establishment of peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula.

In the meetings, the Ministry of External Affairs said, the North Korean side provided an "overview" of some of the recent developments in the Korean Peninsula while Singh conveyed India's concerns over proliferation linkages of North Korea with India's neighbourhood, seen as a clear reference to Pakistan.

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

North Korea has assured India that as a friendly country, DPRK will never allow any action that would create concerns for India's security.

"We support the improvement of North-South (Korean) relations, the promotion of dialogue between North Korea and the U.S., denuclearisation on the peninsula and North Korea's development of its economy", Mr Xi was quoted as saying by state broadcaster CCTV.

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Even as North Korea keeps the world in suspense over its proposed talks with the US and South Korea, the East Asian nation has given its assurance that it will not allow any action that will create concerns for India's security. This was the first ministerial-level visit from India to North Korea in 20 years.

Since arriving Monday, the North Koreans have reportedly toured major industrial and economic areas, including the Zhongguancun High-tech Zone, known as China's Silicon Valley.

In what could indicate more trade and interaction now between the two countries, the MEA said, "The two sides made a decision to explore possibilities of cooperation in the areas of mutual interest, including vocational education, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, promotion of yoga and traditional medicines".

Ironically, Singh - who headed for the DPRK in the wake of a thaw in US-DPRK relations - found himself in the North Korean capital at a time Washington and Pyongyang has returned to their face-off mode. Pyongyang's proposed talks with the USA on abandoning its nuclear weapons programme, however, looked uncertain on Wednesday with North Korean officers reportedly claiming the talks may be called off.

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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