Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
Minister of People’s Security, General Choe Pu Il, and a delegation of the Ministry of People’s Security met with Lao Minister of Public Security Somkeo Sylavong and officials of the Lao Ministry of Public Security on March 4 (Friday). According to KCNA, the two sides “exchanged views on the issue of boosting cooperation between the security organs of the two countries and issues of mutual concern.” The DPRK Ministry of People’s Security and Lao Ministry of Public Security signed a cooperation agreement. The Lao Ministry of Public Security later hosted a reception for General Choe and the DPRK MPS delegation.
Also on March 4, Choe Pu Il and the MPS delegation visited with Lao People’s Revolutionary Party General-Secretary Bounnhang Vorachith. According to KCNA, Vorachith said that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) is “invariably carrying forward the traditional relations of friendship between the two countries forged by the preceding leader of the two countries” and that the Lao people “are rejoiced over the successes made by the Korean people in bolstering the national power and developing socio-economy.” Vorachith “extended full support to the just cause of the Korean people on behalf of the Lao party and state and hoped that the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries would develop forever” and he wished Kim Jong Un “good health and great success in the work to lead the DPRK to socialism.”