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Burma, North Korea Sign Accord on Diplomatic Cooperation


North Korea and Burma have taken a concrete step toward closer relations after a split of more than two decades.

North Korea's state-run news agency says the two countries Friday signed an agreement on cooperation between their foreign ministries.

The agency says the accord was signed in Pyongyang by North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Kim Yong Il and his Burmese counterpart, Kyaw Thu.

The two repressive governments agreed in April to restore official ties.

Burma cut relations with Pyongyang in 1983 after North Korean agents were blamed for a deadly bombing in Rangoon during a visit by South Korea's then-president, Chun Doo-hwan.

Mr. Chun was not hurt, but at least 20 people were killed and many others were wounded.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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