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Kim Jong-un paying official visit

Released at: 15:21, 01/03/2019

Kim Jong-un paying official  visit

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DPRK Chairman paying visit on March 1 and 2.

by Thu Huong

Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un is paying an official friendship visit to Vietnam on March 1 and 2 at the invitation of the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam and State President Nguyen Phu Trong.

Chairman Kim has been in Vietnam since February 26 for the second US-DPRK Summit with US President Donald Trump.

Taking place more than 60 years since the first visit to Vietnam by DPRK founder Chairman Kim Il Sung in 1958 and ahead of the 70th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties in 2020, Chairman Kim’s visit will mark a new milestone in the rich relations between the two countries and two parties.

The visit is set to showcase Vietnam’s appreciation of traditional ties with the DPRK.

Diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the DPRK, established on January 31, 1950, by President Ho Chi Minh City and DPRK Chairman Kim Il Sung, have grown over the past 70 years, with several trips made by senior leaders of the two countries.

Two of the highlights in bilateral relations are the Vietnam-North Korea Friendship Kindergarten in Hanoi and the North Korea-Vietnam Friendship Kyongsang Kindergarten in Pyongyang, with the former entirely built and equipped by the North Korean Government.

Vietnam has also provided aid to the DPRK, including 100 tons of rice in 1995, 13,000 tons in 1997, 22,700 tons and five tons of raw rubber and $50,000 in aid from 2000-12, and then $70,000 in 2016 for flood victims.

In the 1960 and 70s, the DPRK helped Vietnam by training hundreds of students, and education agencies of the two countries are currently working towards an education cooperation agreement.

Over the past few years, the two countries have held rotational policy discussions at the deputy foreign ministerial level and meetings of the Inter-Governmental Committee for economic, scientific and technical cooperation.

Many important deals have been inked, including agreements on cultural cooperation, scientific-technical cooperation, trade and navigation, healthcare, and civil air transport cooperation.

In 2002, the two sides signed agreements on sea transport, trade, mutual legal assistance, investment promotion and protection, and double-taxation avoidance.

During a visit to Vietnam last November, DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho emphasized the DPRK party and government’s consistent stance of treasuring ties with Vietnam.

The DPRK side also agreed to work with Vietnam to consider measures to reinforce bilateral ties.

The two sides also agreed to keep working closely at international and regional forums like the UN, the Non-Aligned Movement, and the ASEAN Regional Forum, as well as to increase the exchange of views on issues of common concern.

From February 12 to 14, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh paid an official visit to the DPRK, where he affirmed that Vietnam will work with the DPRK to develop friendship with its party, government, and people.

He reiterated Vietnam’s consistent position of supporting dialogue to maintain peace, security and stability on the Korean Peninsula as well as its willingness to make active contributions to the process.

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