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Media Release

North Korean Delegation Earmarks Fiji's Fisheries Sector

minister faicDPRK_PS6th June, 2012: A delegation from the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) is in the country to explore areas of mutual interest and development cooperation with Fiji.

The three-member delegation, which is headed by Mr. Kim Myong Gil – Director General of Asia and Oceanic Countries at the DPRK’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, paid courtesy calls on the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.

Mr Myong Gil said that this was an opportunity for the DPRK to revive bilateral relations with Fiji, which began way back in 1975, stopped from 1987 to 2001 and resumed in 2002.

He added that the main purpose of the visit was to look at cooperation in the international arena between the two countries.

Areas such as fisheries would be earmarked by the DPRK, as an avenue where they could assist. A Development Cooperation Agreement would assist Fiji and DPRK to identify areas of mutual cooperation.

Mr Myong Gil said that with the new DPRK leadership, they are keen to build on their economic power with the aim of improving people’s lives.

Like Fiji, the DPRK respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its land and does not condone interference from other countries.

In response, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola expressed his gratitude over this visit from the DPRK delegation.

He reiterated his remarks on the importance of being friends with all UN member states.

“In accordance with Fiji’s ‘Look North Policy,’ it is important for us to engage with every country, big or small, based on the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity with full respect for the fundamental principles of international law,” Mr Kubuabola added.