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DPRK Foreign Trade Minister Meets Iranian Vice President (Updated)

DPRK state media reported on 13 November (Tuesday) that Minister of Foreign of Trade Ri Ryong Nam met one Iran’s Vice Presidents, Behrouz Moradi, in Tehran on 12 November (Monday) on the sidelines of a conference.  According to KCNA Moradi told Ri that “The undying feats performed by leader Kim Jong Il will always be remembered by the Korean and Iranian peoples” and “recalling with deep emotion the day he was received by President Kim Il Sung during his visit to the DPRK, the vice-president said that the President was the great leader who led the Korean people with his strong will.”  Moradi also “expressed his will to make efforts to boost the bilateral relations.”

DPRK Foreign Trade Minister Ri Ryong Nam (R) talks to reporters in Tehran after a meeting with Iran’s Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Mehdi Gazanfari (L) (Photo: IRNA)

During his visit to Tehran Ri Ryong Nam also met with Iran’s Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Mehdi Ghazanfari.  During their meeting, according to Iran state media, they “stressed the need to find new ways to widen bilateral cooperation.”

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