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North Korea visit today

By MAIKELI SERU A North Korean delegation is visiting the country today, arousing interest in some diplomatic missions in Suva, notably South Korean, Japanese and American. Fiji has had few
04 Jun 2012 11:42

By MAIKELI SERU

A North Korean delegation is visiting the country today, arousing interest in some diplomatic missions in Suva, notably South Korean, Japanese and American.
Fiji has had few contacts with North Korea (population about 25 million, capital Pyongyang). Instead, the Government has maintained close relations with the much economically stronger South Korea (population about 48 million, capital Seoul).
But Fiji recently joined the Non Aligned Movement, a 120-member international bloc of which North Korea is also a member. North Korea is known to have strong ties with some of the Non Aligned Movement nations, including India.
Non Aligned Movement members are also known to sometimes vote together on issues of common concern in bodies such as the United Nations.
North Korea also has close ties with China, an increasingly strong partner for Fiji following the imposition of sanctions on Fiji by Australia and New Zealand.
The North Korean visit perhaps significantly also comes soon after the Japanese bowed to Australian pressure. As a result, Tokyo did not invite Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama to last month’s Japan-Pacific Islands leaders’ summit.
Japan – a former coloniser of the Korean Peninsula – is known to be wary of North Korea’s military might and suspicious about the North Koreans developing nuclear weapons.
Its diplomats in Suva are certainly going to be watching this visit closely.
A Government statement said: “The Republic of Fiji will receive a delegation from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on June 4, comprising Foreign Affairs officials led by the Director General Asia/Oceania Region.
“The visit is a part of meetings the DPRK delegation is holding with regional officials, including from Australia and New Zealand.
“The delegation will be paying courtesy calls to Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and his Permanent Secretary Mrs Saipora Mataikabara.”
Whatever might come out of this will be analysed closely, not just by the South Koreans, Japanese and Americans. Australian and New Zealand diplomats in Suva will also be reporting back to their capitals.




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