Khmer Times/Ros Chanveasna Wednesday, 18 January 2017 1904 views

North Korea’s new envoy to strengthen ties

North Korea’s new envoy to Cambodia said that although international circumstances have changed, the two countries still enjoy a strong relationship.   
 

Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn met with new North Korean Ambassador to Cambodia Jang Yun Gon at the Foreign Ministry yesterday morning where they discussed ties between the two countries as well as a host of regional issues.
 

Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry said the aim of the meeting was to boost ties as both North Korea and Cambodia pledged to continue cooperation.
 

“During the meeting, His Excellency Jang Yun Gon, the new ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to Cambodia, said that even though the world situation has changed, the bilateral relationship between Cambodia and DPR Korea is still good and remains unchanged,” Mr. Sounry said.
 

The new ambassador also said that North Korean leaders hope to continue working closely and strengthen ties between the two countries, according to the spokesman.
 

“His Excellency Jang Yun Gon also expressed confidence that he would do his best to contribute to the developing relationship of both countries during his diplomatic mission in the kingdom,” Mr. Sounry said.
 

The Cambodian Foreign Affairs Ministry has in the  past issued two statements objecting to North Korea’s nuclear tests, the latest of which was in September, which have caused heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula and throughout the world.
 

Cambodia has also strongly called on the North Korean government to fully respect the UN’s decision and has urged North Korea to comply with all concerned parties to resolve tensions through peaceful negotiations.   
 

“His Excellency Prak Sokhonn called on North Korea to take kindly and be tolerant to Cambodia’s objection to the weapons tests as Cambodia is a member of the UN,” Mr. Sounry said.
 

“Therefore, Cambodia respects the UN Security Council resolutions and follows them with deep concern regarding the controversial nuclear weapons tests launched by North Korea.”
 

In 1965, Cambodia and North Korea first established diplomatic relations.
 

Cambodia was one of the first Southeast Asian countries to forge close ties with North Korea, made through the efforts of late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and former North Korean leader Kim Il Sung.

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