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North Korea To Attend Regional Talks in July

North Korea’s foreign minister will make an official visit to Cambodia in July, when Phnom Penh hosts an Asean regional forum, officials said Thursday.

The visit of Pak Ui-chun follows a five-day trip by Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong, which ended Thursday.

Hor Namhong told reporters that his trip had been to improve cooperation between the two countries, which enjoy cordial relations.

North Korea will participate in ministerial meetings at the Asean Regional Forum, which begins July 13 and is expected to include 27 countries.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong said he did not know whether the North Korean nuclear issues would be a part of those meetings, although Asean officials have said in the past they are dedicated to keeping the region nuclear-weapons free.