Reuters: DPRK (aka, “North Korea”) Senior Officials Visit Iran in a Rare Public Trip

SEOUL, April 24 (Reuters) – A North Korean delegation led by the cabinet minister for international trade is visiting Iran, the North’s official media said on Wednesday in a rare public report of an exchange between the two countries believed to have secret military ties.

The minister for external economic relations, Yun Jong Ho, left Pyongyang on Tuesday by air leading a ministry delegation to visit Iran, the North’s KCNA news agency said. It gave no other detail.

North Korea and Iran have long been suspected of cooperating on ballistic missile programmes, possibly exchanging technical expertise and components that went into their manufacture.

Iran has provided a large number of ballistic missiles to Russia for use in its war with Ukraine, Reuters reported in February.

North Korea is also suspected of supplying Russia with missiles and artillery, although both countries have denied the allegation.

Yun has previously worked on the country’s ties with Syria, according to South Korean government database.

Yun has been active in the country’s increasing exchanges with Russia, earlier this month leading a delegation to visit Moscow, according to KCNA.

Iran’s new President Hassan Rowhani (R) shakes hands with North Korea’s ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong-Nam, on his first official day in office in Tehran on August 3, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ATTA KENARE (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

Soldiers from Russia, Iran, and China and North Korea pose for a photo before a display during a ‘Kimjongilia’ flower exhibition celebrating late leader Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang on February 14, 2019. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP) (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP via Getty Images)

[The above-published photos are compiled by The 21st Century.]



Reporting by Jack Kim; Editing by Stephen Coates

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