Iran and North Korea negotiate energy issue
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 18 / Trend, D.Khatinoglu/
Iranian oil minister met with his North Korean counterpart during international energy exhibition held in Tehran, Fars News Agency reported on Apr.18.
According to the report, Rostam Gasemi and Pae Hak met during Iran's 18th International Oil, Gas, Refining and Petrochemical Exhibition started work on Wednesday.
The report didn't give further information about the details of talks between Tehran and Pyongyang, but said that Hak met with Ahmad Qalebani, Managing Director of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) as well.
Before on April 16, South Korean Yonhap News Agency reported that North Korea sent a delegation to the energy exhibition in Iran, indicating that Pyongyang wants to maintain close relations with the oil-rich Middle Eastern country.
According to the report, a delegation of the Ministry of Oil Industry, led by the minister Pae Hak, left Pyongyang on Tuesday in order to participate in the international energy event in the Iranian capital of Teheran, according to the (North) Korean Central News Agency.
Some North Korean observers in Seoul claimed that the impetus behind sending the delegation may be to strengthen economic and political relations with Iran.
The two countries are believed to be cooperating closely, technically and financially, in their development of nuclear arms, missiles and other weapons of mass destruction (WMD). They have both been sanctioned by the international community, which sees the countries as global security risks.
Pyongyang recently detonated its third nuclear device on Feb. 12, launched a long-range rocket in December and has several times threatened South Korea, the United States and Japan with pre-emptive nuclear attacks.