North Korean navy official visits Russia

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 20, 2011 07:50 hrs

Vladivostok, Oct 20 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A senior North Korean navy official will start Thursday an official visit to Russia's Pacific Fleet.

'The visit will continue until Oct 27... and will include tours of the Admiral Tributs missile destroyer and the Varshavyanka diesel-powered submarine,' a Pacific Fleet spokesman said.

Commander of North Korea's East Sea Fleet, Rear Admiral Kim Min-Sik, will also meet with senior Pacific Fleet officials and visit the Russian military contingent on the Kamchatka peninsula.

The admiral's visit is a follow-up to the visit of Russia's Eastern Military District Commander Admiral Konstantin Sidenko to Pyongyang in August. The sides agreed at the time to expand military ties, hold joint military exercises and exchange friendly visits of warships.

The Russian military has recently said Russia and North Korea could hold joint naval drills in the Yellow Sea in 2012 with the focus on sea rescue and humanitarian missions.

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