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North Korea

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL731, tabled on 23 June 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent meetings have taken place between officials of the British Embassy in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and that country's government; and what were the outcomes of those meetings.

Answered on

6 July 2015

Our Embassy in Pyongyang has met with a broad range of representatives from the Government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) since DPRK-imposed quarantine restrictions on all persons entering the DPRK (as a result of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa) were lifted in March. Meetings have included: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Ministry of External Economic Relations; the Korean People’s Army; the Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries; the Commission for Education; and the DPRK Broadcasting Commission. The meetings supported the UK’s policy of critical engagement with the DPRK, which is focussed on building relationships to enable us to deliver messages of concern regarding the DPRK’s weapons programme and appalling human rights record.