Malaysia enters cultural exchange cooperation with North Korea

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Malaysia, one of the few countries globally that have close diplomatic relations with North Korea and of the even fewer ones for which North Koreans don’t need a visa to visit, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) focused on “culture, arts and heritage” with the secluded Asian nation, state media in Pyongyang said on January 9.

The agreement is intended to “enhance the bilateral relations between the two countries, in this aspect of cultural and arts-related issues,” Malaysia’s envoy to North Korea, Mohammad Nizan Bin Mohammad, said according to NK News.

The MoU was signed between North Korea’s foreign cultural committee and Malaysia’s tourism and culture ministry, the Korean Central News Agency said, without revealing the details.

Other ties between Malaysia and North Korea are being built in the trade and health sector. Last December, 18 North Korean companies participated in the 13th Malaysia International Branding Showcase, saying they were “looking at using Malaysia as a gateway to Southeast Asian markets.” Last July, a North Korean public health delegation visited Kuala Lumpur.

However, travel between Pyongyang and Kuala Lumpur has become more difficult since the Malaysian government had recently decided to stop allowing North Korean state airline Air Koryo access to the country, citing implementation of recent UN Security Council sanctions.

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Malaysia, one of the few countries globally that have close diplomatic relations with North Korea and of the even fewer ones for which North Koreans don't need a visa to visit, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) focused on “culture, arts and heritage” with the secluded Asian nation, state media in Pyongyang said on January 9. The agreement is intended to “enhance the bilateral relations between the two countries, in this aspect of cultural and arts-related issues,” Malaysia’s envoy to North Korea, Mohammad Nizan Bin Mohammad, said according to NK News. The MoU was signed between North Korea’s foreign cultural committee and...

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Malaysia, one of the few countries globally that have close diplomatic relations with North Korea and of the even fewer ones for which North Koreans don’t need a visa to visit, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) focused on “culture, arts and heritage” with the secluded Asian nation, state media in Pyongyang said on January 9.

The agreement is intended to “enhance the bilateral relations between the two countries, in this aspect of cultural and arts-related issues,” Malaysia’s envoy to North Korea, Mohammad Nizan Bin Mohammad, said according to NK News.

The MoU was signed between North Korea’s foreign cultural committee and Malaysia’s tourism and culture ministry, the Korean Central News Agency said, without revealing the details.

Other ties between Malaysia and North Korea are being built in the trade and health sector. Last December, 18 North Korean companies participated in the 13th Malaysia International Branding Showcase, saying they were “looking at using Malaysia as a gateway to Southeast Asian markets.” Last July, a North Korean public health delegation visited Kuala Lumpur.

However, travel between Pyongyang and Kuala Lumpur has become more difficult since the Malaysian government had recently decided to stop allowing North Korean state airline Air Koryo access to the country, citing implementation of recent UN Security Council sanctions.

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