The President of Mongolia N.Enkhbayar met with the visiting Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), Kim Yong Nam, on July 20 in Ulaanbaatar.
During Kim's visit, two countries signed bilateral cooperation agreements on health, trade, marine transport, and labor force exchange. Kim laid wreath at the Statue of D.Sukhbaatar and showed honor to the Statue of Chinggis Khaan.
Kim Yong Nam is paying state visit at the invitation of the Enkhbayar from July 20 to 23. This is the first high profile state visit by North Korea after 19 years. Last time, North Korean President Kim Il Sung visited Mongolia in 1988. Kim Yong Nam, who represents North Korea on all state visits and summits and receives visiting heads of state, will meet Speaker of Parliament D.Lundeejantsan, and Minister Foreign Affairs N.Enkhbold on July 21.Kim Yong Nam visited Mongolia twice in 1985 and 1988.
Mongolia and North Korea established diplomatic relation on October 15, 1948, and opened embassies in both capital cities in 1951. North Korea shut down its embassy in Ulaanbaatar in August 1999 and reopened it after five years because of what Pyongyang termed financial reasons. It believed that North Korea closed the embassy after ex-President N.Bagabandi voiced support for then South Korean President Kim Dae-jung's "sunshine" policy toward the North during Kim's visit to Mongolia in May that year.
Photo by B.Byamba-Ochir