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Myanmar vows not to import any more arms from N Korea

Myanmar's president has assured his South Korean counterpart that his country will no longer buy weapons from North Korea, while conceding it had done so to some extent over the past 20 years.

world Updated: May 15, 2012 23:59 IST

Myanmar's president has assured his South Korean counterpart that his country will no longer buy weapons from North Korea, while conceding it had done so to some extent over the past 20 years.

In a meeting with visiting South Korean president Lee Myung-bak, Myanmar president Thein Sein said his country never had nuclear cooperation with North Korea but did have deals for conventional weapons, Lee's presidential Blue House said on Tuesday.

Thein Sein told Lee that Myanmar will no longer buy weapons from North Korea, honouring a UN ban, South Korean presidential official Kim Tae-hyo told reporters traveling with Lee, according to Blue House officials in Seoul.

Lee is on an official visit to Myanmar, the first by a South Korean president since North Korean commandos staged a bloody 1983 attack on visiting South Korean dignitaries.

Myanmar cut off diplomatic relations with North Korea after the attack, but restored them in 2007 as it sought allies in the face of international sanctions over its human rights record.

Myanmarese abroad allowed to import vehicles
Myanmar has again allowed its people living abroad to import vehicles, official sources said on Tuesday. Car import for Myanmar migrant workers was temporarily suspended in the past, reported Xinhua.

Earlier this month, the authorities allowed its citizens holding foreign exchange account to import cars that were of 2007 model or later, except passenger buses.

Myanmar is taking measures to enable people to buy cars freely. Since September 2011, Myanmar has laid down a programme to substitute private-owned vehicles, more than four decades old with new ones.

IANS