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Amur region and DPRK signed a cooperation agreement

A Russian delegation is in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on a three-day visit. It is headed by Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yuri Trutnev. The delegation includes the Governor of the Khabarovsk Territory Vyacheslav Shport, Primorye - Vladimir Miklushevsky and the Amur Region - Oleg Kozhemyako. They took part in the ceremony of handing over 50 Russian fire trucks to the Korean side. Also in Pyongyang at the Mansuda Convention Center, negotiations on trade and economic cooperation were held.

Shport at a meeting with Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of the DPRK Ro Du Cherom noted that the Khabarovsk Territory is ready to expand ties with the North Korean side. The head of the region stressed that Korea is not yet one of the region's large foreign trade partners. At the same time, 15 enterprises with North Korean investments operate in the region. Their main profile is construction, logging, trade and attracting foreign labor. In 2014, it is planned to attract more than two thousand citizens of the DPRK to work in the territory of the region.

During the visit of the Russian delegation, the Ministry of Foreign Trade of the DPRK and the Government of the Amur Region signed an agreement on trade and economic cooperation, the agency Renhap reports with reference to the Central Telegraph Agency of Korea (CTC).

TsTAK also reports that Trutnev met with the Deputy Prime Minister of the North Korean government Ro Tu-Chol. "During the talks, the parties exchanged views on the expansion of cooperation and economic relations between the two countries and on other issues of mutual interest," the agency quoted the CTAC as saying.

According to the agency, the agreement was signed on Monday, when a Russian delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister - Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev arrived in Pyongyang. TsTAK does not provide details of the agreement.

The agreement was the next step in bringing together the region’s economies and the DPRK. In 2011, the Amur region and the North Korean province of Pyongan Namdo signed twin-town and trade and economic cooperation agreements.

Last week, the signing of a protocol on trade and economic cooperation between the DPRK and the government of Russian Sakhalin was also reported.

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