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Pak Ui Chun Visits Malaysia and Singapore after ARF

Pak Ui Chun meets with Singapore's foreign affairs minister K. Shanmugam on 27 July (Photo: Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

DPRK Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pak Ui Chun (Pak U’i-ch’un) continued a tour of southeast Asia following his attendance of the ASEAN meetings in Indonesia.  From 25 to 27 July Pak visited Malaysia.  On 26 July he met with the  Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs:

Both countries expressed confidence that talks would further enhance bilateral relations and cooperation in all areas. Both sides also expressed the belief that trade relations could be strengthened in the future. The DPRK Foreign Minister also invited the Malaysian private sector to invest in the DPRK.
On regional issues, the DPRK Foreign Minister explained about the internal situation in the DPRK and the Korean Peninsula. The DPRK Foreign Minister underlined that the DPRK has always supported measures to eliminate the threat of nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula. In this regard, the DPRK has expressed its readiness to resume the Six Party Talks without conditions.
In this context, Malaysia welcomed the meeting between the representatives of the Six-Party Talks from the DPRK and the Republic of Korea during the the sidelines of the 18th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Bali and expressed hope that the inter-Korea talk would eventually lead to the resumption of the Six Party Talks towards resolving the conflict on the Korean Peninsula that would result in regional peace and security.
Both Ministers expressed satisfaction on the outcome of their meeting. During HE Pak Ui-Chun’s visit to Malaysia from 25 to 27 July 2011, he had also held called on the Honourable Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Deputy Prime Minister and the Hon Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation.
KCNA reported on Pak’s interaction with the deputy prime minister:
Tan Seri Muhyidin Yassin, deputy prime minister who is also minister of Education of Malaysia, hoped the relations between Malaysia and the DPRK would grow stronger in various fields. He said this when meeting the DPRK delegation led by Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun Monday.
He said he was rejoiced over the successes made by the Korean people in the drive to develop the country and improve the standard of the people’s living.
KCNA also reported on Pak’s interaction with the Malaysian foreign minister, Datuk Anifah Aman:
Talks were held on July 26 between Foreign Minister of the DPRK Pak Ui Chun and his Malaysian counterpart Datuk Anifah Aman.   Pak is leading the DPRK delegation on a visit to Malaysia.
Present there from the DPRK side were members of the delegation and the DPRK ambassador to Malaysia and from the opposite side the first deputy secretary general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the director general for East Asia and officials concerned of the ministry.
At the talks both sides informed each other of the situation of their countries and exchanged views on further development of the friendly relations between the two countries and on matters of mutual concern.
From 27 to 29 July Pak visited Singapore.  On 27 July he met with and attended a dinner reception with that country’s foreign minister.  According to Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

Visiting Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun called on and was hosted to dinner by Minister for Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam this evening. The Ministers exchanged views on bilateral relations, the recent ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and developments on the Korean Peninsula. Minister Shanmugam welcomed the meeting between the foreign ministers of the DPRK and Republic of Korea on the sidelines of the recently concluded ARF in Bali and expressed support for efforts to resume the Six-Party Talks. Minister Shanmugam urged the DPRK to address international concerns over non-proliferation and humanitarian issues.

Foreign Minister Pak was on a bilateral visit to Singapore at the invitation of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore.

KCNA reported on Pak’s visit to Singapore:

Talks between DPRK Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun and Singaporean Foreign Minister K. Shanmugam were held in Singapore on July 27.

Present at the talks from the DPRK side were members of the delegation and the DPRK ambassador to Singapore and from the opposite side were the permanent secretary of the Foreign Ministry and others concerned.

At the talks both sides exchanged views on the issue to boost the bilateral friendly relations and a series of issues of mutual concern.

The Singaporean foreign minister gave a reception for the DPRK delegation that day.

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