North Korean officials from the public security sector will visit Russia to strengthen ties

SEOUL (Reuters) – A North Korean group in charge of security is set to visit Russia on Tuesday. This comes amid growing diplomatic and security relations between the two neighbours.

KCNA reported that the delegation led by Vice Minister of Public Security Ri Song Chol left for Russia on Monday by air, without providing any further details.

Pyongyang has been hosting Moscow’s parliamentary, government and other delegations for the past few months.

Washington and Seoul officials have accused North Korea that it has shipped weapons to Russia in support of the war against Ukraine, in exchange for technology aid in its own nuclear and missile programme.

Vedomosti, a Russian newspaper, reported on Monday that Vladimir Putin will visit North Korea and Vietnam within the next few weeks. According to Reuters, an official in Vietnam confirmed that the trip to Vietnam was planned for June 19, 20, but had not been confirmed.

The Kremlin said that Russia wanted to establish a partnership “in every area” with North Korea, but it hasn’t confirmed the exact date.

When asked about the latest news, Lim Soo Suk, South Korea’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, said that Seoul is in close contact with Moscow, and they are monitoring developments. However, he declined to provide any details.

Lim said at a press conference that “our government’s view is that any exchanges or co-operations between Russia and North Korea should be conducted in a manner that contributes peace and stability to the Korean Peninsula while complying with relevant Security Council Resolutions.”

Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, visited Russia’s Far East in September last year. He toured Vostochny cosmodrome where Putin had promised to assist him with building satellites.

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