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Hon'ble Mr. Sushil Koirala, Prime Minister of Nepal, arrived at the JFK International Airport this morning, as scheduled, in connection with his medical checkup in New York. | हाल इराकका केही भाग तथा शहरहरूमा बढ्दो हिसांत्मक गतिविधिका कारण त्यहाको सुरक्षा व्यवस्था बिग्रदो अवस्थामा रहेको भन्ने विभिन्न स्रोतहरू बाट प्राप्त सूचना प्रति नेपाल सरकार, परराष्ट्र मन्त्रालयको गम्भीर ध्यानाकर्षण भएको छ । | The Hon. Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Mahendra Bahadur Pandey addressed the Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the G 77 and China organized under the theme, ‘For a new world order for living well’, at Santa Cruz, Bolivia on 15 June 2014. | At the invitation of The Rt. Hon. Prime Minister, Mr. Sushil Koirala, H.E. Ms. Aung Sang Suu Kyi, Chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) Party of Myanmar and Nobel Laureate for Peace, is arriving here for a three-day visit beginning from tomorrow, 13 June 2014. | लण्डनमा आयोजना भई रहेको " Global Summit on End Sexual Violence in Conflict: 2014 " सम्वन्धी अन्र्तराष्ट्रिय मन्त्रिस्तरिय सम्मेलनमा भाग लिन माननीय परराष्ट्र मन्त्रीज्यू हिजो लण्डन आई पुग्नुभयोे । | A workshop on ‘Awareness raising for decision makers and sharing best practices for the implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention’ started here today under the joint aegis of the National Authority for Disarmament Affairs (NADA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs; UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, Geneva; and UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament based in Kathmandu today. | Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Mahendra Bahadur Pandey is leading a Nepalese delegation to the ‘Global Summit to end Sexual Violence in Conflict’ scheduled to be held in London on June 11-13 , 2014. | सम्माननीय प्रधानमन्त्री श्री सुशील कोइराला Opening Ceremony of the Second China South Asia Exposition, Kunming, Yunnan, China मा भाग लिई स्वदेश फर्कनु हुंदा पत्रकार भेटमा दिनुभएको प्रेस नोट | The Rt. Hon. Mr. Sushil Koirala, Prime Minister of Nepal returned home after attending the opening ceremony of the Second China South Asia Exposition in Kunming of Yunnan Province of the People's Republic of China | The Rt. Hon. Prime Minister, Sushil Koirala is leaving for Kunming, Yunnan Province of the People's Republic of China on 5 June, 2014 to attend the inaugural ceremony of the Second China-South Asia Exposition | Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom, H.E. 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Bilateral Relations (Nepal-North Korea)

 

Nepal-Democratic People's Republic of Korea Relations

Bilateral Relations

Diplomatic relations between Nepal and DPR Korea was established in 15 May, 1974. Democratic People's Republic of Korea has its residential Embassy in Kathmandu since 1974.   Nepalese Embassy in Beijing is concurrently accredited to DPR Korea. Kathmandu Metropolitan City and Pyongyang have established sister-city relations in November 2001.

Nepal and DPRK enjoy good bilateral relations based on mutual friendship, trust and goodwill. As members of NAM, G77 and the UN, Nepal and DPRK share similar concerns in the international forums. There has been cooperation between the two countries in the United Nations and other international organizations. 

Nepal follows development in DPRK and Korean Peninsula with interest. Nepal has a longstanding supportive position for the peaceful reunification of Korea as per the will of the Korean people. Nepal has the earnest wish to see peace, unity and stability in the Korean Peninsula.

Exchange of visits

The periodic exchange of visits at various levels is important for reinforcing the relationship between Nepal and DPRK. No high level visits have taken place between the two countries since long. Important among the high-level visits between the two countries so far are:

Exchange of visits from Nepal

Heads of the State:

Official visit at the level of Heads of the State has not taken place for long.

Heads of the Government:

Late Prime Ministers Tanka P. Acharya and Mr. Kirti Nidhi Bista have paid separate visits to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on different occasions.

Exchange of visits from the DPRK:

Vice Foreign Minister Level visit

1.       Mr. Kim Yong II, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs visited Nepal from 20th to 23rd November 2008

2.       Mr. Pak Kil Yon, Vice Foreign Minister visited Nepal from 1 to 4th of May 2000

 

Economic and Technical Cooperation

There exist a number of bilateral agreements between Nepal and DPRK for cooperation in the field of trade, irrigation, culture and information. The establishment of bilateral consultation mechanism between the two Foreign Ministries in 2001 provides an opportunity to share experiences and explore various areas of cooperation on a regular basis. The last consultation meeting was held in Pyongyang in November 2012. A Nepal-DPRK Parliamentarian Friendship Group was established in 2002.

The ophthalmic team from the Tilganga Eye Hospital in Kathmandu has conducted eye camps in DPRK in 2005 and 2006. Tilganga Eye hospital has been extending training courses for DPR Korean eye specialists in Nepal and many DPR Korean doctors have already been benefitted from this training course each year.

Nepal may be benefited from the expertise and accomplishment of DPRK in the fields like hydropower development, sports, agriculture in highlands, and animal health, through possible technical cooperation, consultation, training and sharing of experiences. Security training, technology transfer in the fields of chemical fertilizer productions, plastic ware production, construction of tunnels and suspension bridges may comprise some additional areas of cooperation.

Trade and Investment

The following table shows the status of Nepal's trade with DPRK in the last three years which is also in deficit like with many other trading partners:

Value in '000 Rs

Year      

Export

Import

Trade Balance

2010

9,474,801

105,599,744

-96,124,943

2011

39,025,935

85,447,247

-46,421,312

2012

8,609,643

122,908,259

-114,298,616

 

As of July 2012, three projects under DPR Korean investment have been in operation so far in Nepal with an investment of Rs. 32 million which created 147 jobs.