North Korea Foreign Minister Hold Talks in Iran to Strengthen Bilateral Ties

Published August 8th, 2018 - 09:43 GMT
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) shakes hands with North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho during their meeting in the capital Tehran on August 7, 2018. (ATTA KENARE / AFP)
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) shakes hands with North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho during their meeting in the capital Tehran on August 7, 2018. (ATTA KENARE / AFP)

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho has paid an official visit to the Iranian capital, Tehran, for talks on bilateral relations and other issues of common interest.

Heading a high-ranking delegation, the top North Korean diplomat arrived in Tehran on Tuesday and met with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, for discussions on bilateral, regional and international issues.

During the meeting, which took place at Ri’s own request, the two ministers expressed satisfaction with the quality of Tehran-Pyongyang ties and welcomed further enhancement of relations, IRNA reported.

Last time he visited Tehran, he was accompanying a North Korean delegation to take part in President Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration ceremony.

This is the first time a senior North Korean official visits Iran since June 12, when US President Donald Trump held a historic summit with the Asian country's leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

The North Korean minister, whose country has for years been under pressure by the US, arrived in Tehran hours after Washington re-imposed its sanctions against Iran, which had been lifted under a 2015 multilateral nuclear deal.

The US unilaterally pulled out of that deal in May.

Tehran has invariably called for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, while discouraging regional tensions that could pave the way for foreign intervention.

The Islamic Republic has also warned Pyongyang of Washington's unreliability when it comes to deal making.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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