Gazprom delegation visits North Korea: Report

The trip follows a reported recent visit by Russia`s spy chief to the North Korean capital.

Seoul: A delegation from Russia`s Gazprom has visited North Korea, North Korea`s central news agency reported late on Monday.

The trip follows a reported recent visit by Russia`s spy chief to the North Korean capital to discuss economic projects involving North and South Korea, the world`s second-largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) buyer after Japan.

"A delegation of Gazprom of Russia led by deputy managing chairman Alexandr Ananenkov arrived here Monday," KCNA said, without elaborating.

According to a report by the Interfax news agency in May Foreign Intelligence Service director Mikhail Fradkov and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il discussed projects including a railway junction, a gas pipeline and a power line from Russia to South Korea via North Korea.

Russia and North Korea share a short border, but ties worsened and trade fell steeply after the collapse of the Communist Soviet Union in 1991.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il cancelled a visit to Russia last week because of worries about security following media reports about the trip, Russia`s Kommersant newspaper reported last Thursday.

Bureau Report

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