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News number: 8902020512

15:37 | 2010-04-22

Culture

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Tehran, Pyongyang to Boost Cultural Exchanges

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian and North Korean officials are due to ink a bilateral agreement in Pyongyang to increase their cooperation in different cultural fields.



They are scheduled to sign a cultural exchange program pact during Deputy Foreign Minister in Asia and Oceania Affairs Ali Fat'hollahi's visit to Pyongyang based on which the two countries would cooperate in sports, media, cultural, library, universities, exhibitions, and cultural exchange programs.

The Iranian deputy FM who arrived in Pyongyang on Wednesday for a two day visit was received at the airport by the Islamic Republic of Iran's Ambassador to North Korea Morteza Moradian and some Korean Foreign Ministry officials.

Fat'hollahi also on Wednesday night attended a supper ceremony thrown in his honor by his Korean counterpart Pak Gil Yon. The two sides discussed issues of mutual concern over the supper.

North Korea has had political relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told North Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Kim Yong Il during the latter's visit to Tehran in May 2007 that the Iranian government is interested in expansion of ties with North Korea in various political, economic and cultural, but not in military fields.

In November 2009, Iran announced that it was prepared to mediate in resolving the Korean peninsula crisis. Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said that Iran welcomes mutual understanding and agreement between South and North Korea in the direction of peace and stability.