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PYONGYANG, September 11. /ITAR-TASS/. Lee Su-young, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea /DPRK/, will pay an official goodwill visit to Iran.
Expert opinion is that a marked increase in the DPRK's foreign policy has been observed of late. A certain progress has begun to show at talks on normalizing relations between Pyongyang and Tokyo. Lee Su-young may also take part in the proceedings of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Pyongyang's high-ranking diplomats, among them the Foreign Minister, have made several trips to Africa, Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian countries.
Besides, an experienced diplomat, Kang Sok-ju, Secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, who has already held talks with Foreign Ministry representatives and other officials of Germany, set out on a long tour abroad. He will also visit Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, and Mongolia. In conclusion of the tour, Kang Sok-ju is expected to meet in Beijing with the leadership of the department for international relations of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. The latter remains the DPRK's ally and main trading and economic partner.
In the 1990s, Kang Sok-ju as Deputy Foreign Minister, participated in talks with US representatives on the nuclear problem.