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North Korea, Myanmar seen resuming ties

A senior North Korean Foreign Ministry official is expected to sign an agreement in Myanmar next week to resume diplomatic ties.

world Updated: Apr 21, 2007 15:28 IST

A senior North Korean Foreign Ministry official is expected to sign an agreement in Myanmar next week to resume diplomatic ties, diplomatic sources said on Saturday. The official was due to arrive in Myanmar's new administrative capital, Nay Pyi Taw, on Wednesday and sign the agreement the next day, an Asian diplomat based in Yangon said.

"The North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister is due to arrive here on April 25 and arrangements are under way to sign the agreement on the restoration of ties on April 26," the diplomat, who declined to be named, said.

Myanmar's military government has not confirmed the visit.

"Time will tell you. Just wait and see," a senior Foreign Ministry official said.

The two reclusive governments have been at odds since North Korean agents, said to have direct links with current leader Kim Jong-il, carried out a bomb attack on a South Korean government delegation to Yangon in 1983.

More than 20 people were killed and at least twice that number wounded in the attack. The agents were said to have been targeting then South Korean President Chun Doo Hwan during an official visit to Yangon.