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North Korean FM in Burma Amid Concerns of Nuclear Cooperation


North Korea's foreign minister has arrived in Burma for talks with his counterparts in that country's ruling military government.

Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun's arrival in the main city of Rangon Thursday comes amid concerns and speculation in the U.S. about the two authoritarian regimes' deepening relationship.

During a regional Southeast Asia security forum last week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mentioned reports that Burma recently received a shipment of military equipment from North Korea.

Clinton also said Washington is concerned about reports the Burmese military junta is seeking help from North Korea on a possible nuclear program.

Pak Ui Chun will travel to the capital of Naypyidaw on Friday.

Burma cut off diplomatic relations with Pyongyang in 1983 after North Korean agents tried and failed to assassinate then-South Korean President Chun Doo Hwan during the latter's visit to Burma.

Twenty-one people were killed in the attack.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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