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North Korean Military Makes Rare Visit

A North Korean delegation of military officials are meeting with
their Cambodian counterparts in Phnom Penh this week, officials said
Tuesday.
In this photo released by Korean Central News Agency via Korea News
Service in Tokyo, North Koreans visit the statue of President Kim Il
Sung on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea, to pay respects to the
late founder of their country during the the Lunar New Year
celebrations Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011.
Pak Jae-gyong, vice minister of North Korea’s armed forces, led nine
other senior officials in meetings with defense officials, the prime
minister, the king and others, said Chhum Socheath, a spokesman for the
Ministry of Defense.
This is only the second such high military delegation from North Korea since 1995, he said.
“Importantly, he came to visit Cambodia to strengthen friendly
relations and cooperation between the two countries,” he said. “His
visit aims to share views and experiences in the national defense
sector.”
The delegation visited engineering schools of the Cambodian military, but made no pledges of aid, he said.
 “Pak Jae-gyong, vice minister of North Korea’s armed forces, led nine
other senior officials in meetings with defense officials, the prime
minister, the king and others.”
Chheang Vannarith, executive director of the Cambodian Institute for
Cooperation and Peace, called the visit of little major interest except
to strengthen diplomatic relations between the two countries.
“I think for Cambodia’s national defense, we might not look at the
interest from North Korea, because North Korea in international opinion
and understanding is [viewed] more negative,” he said.
Lao Monghay, a former researcher for the Asian Human Rights
Commission, said Cambodia should engage with many countries, including
North Korea, to keep the singular influence of any one country limited.
North Korean senior military delegation firstly visited Cambodia in 1995 and this visit is secondly since 1995.
Source: VOA Khmer
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