South Korea and North Korea Invited to Russian Economic Forum

kpopluv, Aug. 19, 2015, 7:42 a.m.

Russia has invited the South Korean unification minister and the North Korean economics minister to the first Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on Sept. 3-5, a Unification Ministry official here said on Tuesday. Russia invited the two ministers to a separate session aimed at discussing trilateral cooperation on a cross-border economic zone. 

The North Korean minister is either Vice Premier Ro Tu-chol, who is in charge of attracting foreign investment, or Foreign Trade Minister Ri Ryong-nam, but Pyongyang has not told Moscow of its decision. "It has not been decided yet whether Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo will attend the forum or not," according to the ministry official, but the ministry wants to send Hong if a North Korean minister comes. The forum aims to promote Russian President Vladimir Putin's hopes to develop Siberia and expand his influence in Northeast Asia. Moscow has also invited senior officials from China and Japan.

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