DPRK state media reported on 20 October (Saturday) that two delegations departed Pyongyang Airport on separate trip to Southeast Asian allies Cambodia and Vietnam. Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium Vice President Yang Hyong Sop (Yang Hyo’ng-sop) and DPRK Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Pak Kil Yon (Pak Kil-yo’n), along with other officials, left for a trip to Cambodia. Yang, Pak and other delegation members will “express condolences over the passing of Great King Norodom Sihanouk.” The DPRK Government has declared 23 October (Tuesday) as a national day of mourning for the former Cambodian King who passed away in Beijing on 15 October.
Ri Myong Gil (Ri Myo’ng-kil), Chairman of the Union of Agricultural Workers of Korea [UAWK], departed for Vietnam with a UAWK delegation to visit Vietnam. Ri’s visit to Vietnam appears to be a study tour of Vietnamese agricultural policy and management. It is a follow-up visit to one made in June 2012 by Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Secretary and Director of International Affairs Kim Yong Il (Kim Yo’ng-il). During that that visit, Kim Yong Il and a DPRK delegation toured Thai Binh Province where he toured a communal farm and substantially discussed rural development and agricultural production policies with Vietnamese officials.