North Korea announced Wednesday, June 27, that it had established diplomatic ties with Turkey, in a new boost to the Stalinist state's campaign for international recognition. North Korea has established ties with a host of European nations in the past year.
An official statement, reported by the North's Korean Central News Agency, said the decision was "prompted by the desire to develop friendly and cooperative relations on the principle of mutual respect for independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, equality and mutual benefit and non-interference in other's internal affairs."
North Korea said January 15, 2001, would be used as the day when ties were established. That was when Turkey and North Korea signed a memorandum of understanding in Beijing on diplomatic relations.
"The establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries will contribute to deepening the mutual understanding and trust between the two peoples and developing bilateral relations in various fields," added the official statement.
In the past 18 months, North Korea has established ties with Britain, Germany, Italy and a number of other European Union nations. France and Ireland are the only members of the 15-nation EU still without ties. ― (AFP, Seoul)
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