North Korea, Russia discuss expanding economic cooperation: Report

Russian and North Korean officials held conversations in Pyongyang to converse  expanding cooperation in economy, science and technology to follow up on the agreements reached by their governers in September, the North’s state media reported on Thursday. The meeting took place on Wednesday in Pyongyang, led by North Korea’s Minister of External Economic Relations Yun Jong Ho and Russia’s Natural Resources Minister Alexander Kozlov, the KCNA news agency conveyed.

“The meeting discussed and confirmed in depth the measures for revitalising and expanding the multi-faceted bilateral exchange and cooperation in various fields, including trade, economy, science and technology,” the news agency conveyed. The two nations signed a protocol of the meeting, KCNA said, without disclosing details. Sports ministers of the two nations also held conversations in Pyongyang to expand cooperation and agreed on a plan for exchanges in 2024 to 2026, KCNA said.

A Russian delegation led by Mr Kozlov arrived in North Korea on Tuesday, as Moscow and Pyongyang have been stepping up cooperation following their governers’ summit in September. Washington has conveyed North Korea is providing military requirements to Russia for utilise in its war with Ukraine, while Moscow is providing technical support to help North Korea advance its military capabilities. North Korea and Russia have rejected any arms deals.