Kim Yong Nam Meets New Iran’s New President

North Korea Leadership Watch

Iranian President Hassan Rohani met with Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium President Kim Yong Nam (Kim Yo’ng-nam), the DPRK titular head of state in Tehran on 3 August (Saturday).  During the meeting President Rohani said that he will push for an “all-out expansion of ties between Tehran and Pyongyang.”  According to KCNA the meeting was also attended by Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, DPRK Vice Minister of Foreign Affair Pak Kil Yon (Pak Kil-yo’n), DPRK Ambassador to Iran Jo In Chol (Cho In-ch’o’l) and other officials.  According to a news release from Iran’s Presidential Office, Rohani “referred to long, good, and expanding ties between the two countries and said he is confident that the ties will develop during his presidency. ”  Rohani also “reminded Iran’s peaceful use of nuclear energy and said that Tehran is moving totally in the framework of regulations and pressures by the US and the…

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