0545 GMT September 18, 2019
A high-ranking North Korean delegation is scheduled to pay an official visit to Iran as part of a tour to four members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
The delegation, headed by the country’s Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong Guk, also plans to visit Syria, Azerbaijan and Mongolia.
The North Korean officials left Pyongyang on Saturday for the visit, according to KCNA report.
The report did not release further details on the visits.
The trip comes as Pyongyang continues to strengthen relations with its traditional friends as negotiations with the US over its nuclear activities and sanctions remain stalled.
It also comes after a last-week meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Russia.
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho visited Iran in August 2018 and held separate meetings with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who said on Saturday that plans to visit North Korea in the near future in a bid to boost bilateral relations between the two countries.