North Korea, Belarus Agree To Strengthen Ties


North Korean officials met with a visiting Belarusian delegation and vowed deeper cooperation, as Pyongyang criticized the United States for trying to increase ‘lawless’ sanctions pressure.

Report says Belarus’ Deputy Foreign Minister, Evgeny Shestakov, and his North Korean counterpart, Im Chon Il discussed bilateral cooperation in the sectors of economy and culture as well as mutual support on the global stage during talks.

The visit is the latest in a series of diplomatic exchanges after Pyongyang lifted COVID-19 restrictions.

Meanwhile, Kim Son Gyong, vice minister for International Organizations of the DPRK Foreign Ministry, criticized Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US ambassador to the United Nations, over her trip this week to South Korea and Japan, labelling UN sanctions against North Korea as ‘lawless.’

In other news, Russia has rejected the annual renewal of the multinational panel of experts that has over the past 15 years monitored the implementation of UN sanctions aimed at curbing North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.

Report says Shestakov arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday.

North Korean delegations have since last month visited countries including China and Vietnam while delegations from Russia and China have visited Pyongyang.

While, on the southern side of the border separating the two Koreas, South Korea and the United States kicked off a 15-day joint air exercise last Friday, an annual event designed to sharpen the combined readiness of the two countries’ military forces.

Special operation forces of the two countries also staged an airborne training exercise with paratroopers as part of the annual Korea Flying Training drills, South Korea’s military said.







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