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Won't allow anything threatening India's security: North Korea

Won't allow anything threatening India's security: North Korea

The security council also urged North Korea to abide by the agreements reached between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during their summit last month, where they agreed to denuclearise the Korean peninsula.

Gen VK Singh, minister of state for external affairs, made a surprise trip to Pyongyang on Wednesday, the first ministerial visit after nearly 20 years. The ministry of external affairs (MEA), in a statement from New Delhi, said the "MoS highlighted the threat from nuclear proliferation, in particular India's concerns in the context of the proliferation linkages with India's neighbourhood". "The North Korean side emphasised that as a friendly country, it will never allow any action that would create concerns for India's security", the statement said.

The statements, combined with joint military drills by South Korean and US warplanes, mark a dramatic reversal in tone from recent months when both sides embraced efforts to negotiate.

Media reported U.S. Republican senator Rand Paul said the DPRK had made concessions, as the country recently released three U.S. detainees and announced it would stop nuclear tests, but the DPRK had not "seen a little bit on the other side" from the United States, adding that he believed the talks between the two countries would still occur.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (front row center) poses with a group of North Korean party officials in Beijing, China on Wednesday.

Ironically, Singh - who headed for the DPRK in the wake of a thaw in US-DPRK relations - found himself in the North Korean capital at a time Washington and Pyongyang has returned to their face-off mode. But after Singh's visit, India and North Korea will now discuss future cooperation in education, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, yoga and traditional medicines. India had come under some pressure from the Trump administration in its initial days about reducing its engagement with North Korea.

The North's official KCNA news agency stated previously, Pyongyang had called off high-level talks with Seoul in the first sign of trouble this is what had been warming ties. From left, Mitoji Yabunaka, director-general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian affairs bureau; James Kelly, US assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs; Wang Yi, Chinese vice foreign minister; Kim Yong-il, North Korean vice foreign minister; Alexander Losyukov, Russian deputy foreign minister; and Lee Soo Hyuck, South Korean deputy foreign minister.


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