NK-FM headed for Russia

North Korea’s foreign minister is reportedly headed for Azerbaijan and Russia. The North is stepping up diplomacy ahead of planned summits with South Korea and the United States.

Ri Yong Ho flew from Pyongyang on Tuesday morning stopping in Beijing.

Ri’s itinerary is undisclosed. But diplomatic sources say he is due to visit Baku, Azerbaijan to attend a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement later this week.

They say Ri will then travel to Russia, where he is likely to meet his counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.

North Korea is set to hold a summit meeting with the South on April 27th, and possibly with the United States by the end of May. Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is expected to be a key issue.

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