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Yang Hyong Sop Visits Africa

Yang Hyong Sop (Yang Hyo'ng-so)

SPA Presidium Vice President visited Africa during 26 May to 9 June.  He departed the country on 26 May and traveled to Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea.  Yang spent four (4) days in Equatorial Guinea, according to its government which reported on 4 June:

The Vice President of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Yang Hyong Sop, was received on the afternoon of Thursday, June 2, by members from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on his arrival at the airport in Malabo.

During his stay in Malabo on a State visit, the North Korean Vice President will meet with Prime Minister Ignacio Milam Tang at the Government headquarters, and with the President of the Republic, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in the People’s Palace of Malabo.

Also during his stay, he has planned a meeting with the representatives of North Korean companies operating in Equatorial Guinea and a visit to the places of interest in the city of Malabo, before his departure.

Yang has visited Africa on several occasions between 1999 and 2007.  Interestingly, as a member of the Political Bureau, Yang was not in the DPRK during its extended meeting on 6 June.

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