Pyongyang’s FM to attend int’l conference, visit Russia ahead of summits

TOKYO, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho will take part in the ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Baku and will visit Russia afterwards, Seoul’s Yonhap News Agency reported Tuesday, citing diplomatic sources.

The two-day meeting to be held in the capital of Azerbaijan from Thursday will prepare for next year’s NAM summit, which Azerbaijan will host.

According to the website of the conference, the ministerial conference themed “Promoting International Peace and Security for Sustainable Development” will bring together foreign ministers of 120 NAM participating states, representatives of observer states and countries invited as special guests.

Ri is expected to attend the conference ahead of his planned visit to Moscow around mid-April. Ri’s attendance at the conference and visit to Russia are seen as part of the North’s efforts to influence the international community and seek support as the country is expected to hold separate summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on April 27 and with US President Donald Trump by the end of May, the report said.

Established in Yugoslavia in 1961, NAM is a group of states that are not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc, with the number of its members and observer states reaching 120 and 17, respectively, in 2012. North Korea acceded to the group in 1976. (

Source: Kuwait News Agency