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Pak Ui Chun Arrives in Tehran for NAM Meeting

DPRK Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun (L) meets with Iran Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi (R) in Tehran on 26 August (Sunday) (Photo: IRNA/PressTV)

DPRK Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun (Pak U’i-chun) arrived in Tehran, Iran on Sunday (26 August) for the 16th Non-Aligned Movement [NAM] meetings.  According to Iranian state media Pak was greeted by Iranian officials upon his arrival at Imam Khomeyni Airport.  On Monday (27 August), Pak met with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi.  According to Chinese state media, Salehi stated that his county wanted to “expand bilateral relations” with the DPRK.  According to Iran’s state media, “Salehi referred to Iran’s competence and experience in the fields of economy, industry, commerce, and agriculture, and expressed Tehran’s readiness for the expansion of the bilateral relations in the areas.”  Pak Ui Chun will attend the NAM ministerial meeting, which is scheduled to be held during 28-29 August.

Later in the week, Pak will be joined by Kim Yong Nam (Kim Yo’ng-nam), President of the Supreme People’s Assembly Presidium and the DPRK’s titular head of state.  Kim will attend the NAM summit which is scheduled for 30-31 August.  During his visit to Tehran and attendance at NAM, Kim is expected to meet with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and  may also meet with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  According to Interfax, the Kim-Ban meeting might include discussion of a visit by Ban to the DPRK.

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