General VK Singh in Pyongyang: Minister makes India’s first high-level visit to North Korea in 20 years

New Delhi: In the first high-level visit to North Korea from India in two decades, Minister of State for External Affairs General VK Singh was in Pyongyang on Wednesday where he held talks with several leaders including Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on key issues and raised New Delhi's concerns over nuclear proliferation.

The two-day visit came less than a month before the proposed summit between US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and is seen as an effort to reach out to Pyongyang

In the meetings, the Ministry of External Affairs said, the North Korean side provided an "overview" of some of the recent developments in the Korean Peninsula while Singh conveyed India's concerns over proliferation linkages of North Korea with India's neighbourhood, seen as a clear reference to Pakistan.

The North Korean leaders emphasized that as a friendly country, Pyongyang will never allow any action that would create concerns for India's security, said the MEA.

India has been consistently raising the issue of North Korea's possible proliferation linkages with Pakistan and had even demanded a probe into it

The MEA said Singh reiterated India's support to the joint peace initiative by the leadership of both North Korea and South Korea, saying it was encouraging both sides in their efforts towards the establishment of peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula

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