Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) meets with DPRK Chairman Kim Jong-un (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had a meeting with Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un in Hanoi on March 1.

The DPRK Chairman is on an official friendship visit to Vietnam at the invitation of General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee and President of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong who earlier the same day hosted an official welcome ceremony and held talks with the DPRK leader.

Before the meeting, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and DPRK Chairman Kim Jong-un visited the “Vietnam-DPRK relations” photo exhibition held by the Vietnam News Agency.

Vietnam and the DPRK established diplomatic ties on January 31, 1950. Their traditional friendship, nurtured by President Ho Chi Minh and leader Kim Il-sung, has been continuously consolidated and developed over the decades, with many visits at the ministerial level and above.

Over the past few years, the two countries have held rotational policy discussions at the deputy foreign ministerial level and meetings of the Inter-Governmental committee for economic, scientific, and technical cooperation.

Many important deals have been inked, including agreements on visa exemption for diplomatic and official passport holders (October 1, 1956), cultural cooperation (November 1957), scientific-technical cooperation (October 1958), friendship and cooperation (1961), trade and shipping treaty (December 1962), trade (May 2002), double-taxation avoidance (May 2002), and sea transport (June 2002), among others.–VNA