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Deputy PM visits North Korea
Tuesday,  2/12/2019, 13:22 

Deputy PM visits North Korea

The Saigon Times Daily

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh (R) shakes hands with North Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Ri Yong-ho at a meeting in Hanoi on November 30 last year - PHOTO: VNA

HCMC - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh today, February 12, begins a three-day visit to North Korea at the invitation of North Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Ri Yong-ho, the local media reported.

The visit comes ahead of the second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which is planned to take place in Hanoi on February 27 and 28, as announced by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Spokeswoman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang, at a press briefing of the ministry on February 6, said Vietnam welcomes the second summit between the United States and North Korea and would strongly support dialogues to maintain peace, security and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

She added that Vietnam was willing to make positive contributions in collaboration with other relevant sides for a successful U.S.-North Korea summit.

On November 30 last year, Vietnamese Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Minh and North Korean Minister Ri met in Hanoi during Ri’s visit to Vietnam from November 29 to December 2. The two ministers discussed bilateral relations and international issues of mutual concern.

At the meeting, Deputy PM Minh reiterated Vietnam’s consistent stance of supporting peace, stability and cooperation on the Korean Peninsula. Vietnam expected the relevant parties to hold dialogues to peacefully settle the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula.

He also confirmed that Vietnam is willing to contribute to the dialogues between North Korea and other parties.

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