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North Korean Ambassador to Burma Takes Up Post After 24-Year Diplomatic Break


Burmese state media say North Korea's first ambassador to Burma has taken up his post after a diplomatic break of 24 years between the two countries.

Burma's New Light of Myanmar says ties were restored Friday when North Korean Ambassador Kim Sok Chol presented his credentials to Senior General Than Shwe in the administrative capital, Naypyidaw.

The two countries severed ties in 1983 after North Korean agents carried out a bombing in Rangoon that killed more than 20 people during a visit by South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan.

Burma and North Korea agreed to resume diplomatic relations in April during a visit by North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Yong Il.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.