Won't allow anything threatening India's security: North Korea

В Белом доме сообщили суть предстоящего диалога Трампа и Ким Чен Ына

Earlier, India had welcomed the move when North Korea's Kim Jong-un had visited South Korea last month to meet President Moon Jae-in.

Gen VK Singh, minister of state for external affairs, made a surprise trip to Pyongyang on Wednesday, the first ministerial visit after nearly 20 years.

At a time when North Korea is being engaged by the global community, India has reached out to Pyongyang, with the first minister-level visit to the country in 20 years coming on May 15 and 16, Korean Central News Agency reported on Wednesday. Besides bilateral discussions, the MEA said the North Korean side provided an overview of some recent developments in the Korean Peninsula.

Even as North Korea keeps the world in suspense over its proposed talks with the US and South Korea, the East Asian nation has given its assurance that it will not allow any action that will create concerns for India's security.

Kim particularly criticised USA national security adviser John Bolton, who has called for North Korea in order to give up its nuclear arsenal in a deal that mirrors Libya's desertion of its weapons because of the mass destruction.

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India has always maintained that Pakistan's nuclear scientist A Q Khan had helped North Korea in developing their nuclear programme. "Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) continued pursuit of nuclear and ballistic missile programmes and its proliferation links pose a grave threat to worldwide peace and stability", a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs had said a year ago when North Korea had launched its global Ballistic Missile. In a statement issued by its First Vice-Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan on Wednesday, North Korea threatened to call off the talks if the Trump administration made denuclearisation a precondition. India complied with United Nations sanctions that were imposed on North Korea in 2016-17 and curtailed trade activities with Pyongyang.

The reference seemed to be to reports for the past more than two decades of alleged clandestine nuclear and missile technology links between North Korea and Pakistan. New Delhi rejected the then U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson's request to shut down its diplomatic mission in Pyongyang.

But after Singh's visit, India and North Korea will now discuss future cooperation in education, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, yoga and traditional medicines.

Gotsurve, who is one of the senior-most IFS officers to be posted to North Korea by India, presented his credentials to Kim Yong Nam, President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK on Monday.

India and North Korea established formal diplomatic relations on December 10, 1973 and this year marks the 45th year of establishment of diplomatic relations.

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