General VK Singh made a surprise visit to North Korea in Pyongyang and held talks with the North Korean government as confirmed by the Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday. The visit is the first ever high-level meet of any senior Indian official since 1998.
On May 15, Mr singh reached the capital Pyongyang where he first met the vice-president Kim Yong Dae and later on to the foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and Cultural Minister Pak Chun Nam.
As per the discussion with the high dignitaries, a statement has been released by the ministry according to which, “a range of issues covering political, regional, economic, educational and cultural cooperation between the two countries”.
Singh’s visit to Pyongyang was made as a result of the invitation of the North Korean government as per the Ministry of External Affairs. In the meeting with the high officials, the issue of North Korean links with the Pakistan has been raised.
The official statement said, “Mr Singh highlighted the threat from nuclear proliferation, in particular India’s concerns in the context of the proliferation linkages with India’s neighbourhood. The North Korea side emphasised that as a friendly country, it will never allow any action that would create concerns for India’s security”.
The surprise visit of General VK singh to North Korea is the first ministerial level meet after 20 years. India’s first diplomatic relationship with North Korea was first established in 1973 and 2018 will mark the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations.