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Russia and North Korea boost high-level contact

This implies political and economic cooperation

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/NOVOSTIVL/ North Korea and Russia have agreed to strengthen "high-level contact" and intensify cooperation on the economy and in humanitarian and various other fields.

The agreement was reached during a meeting in Moscow on Thursday between North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Im Chon-il and his Russian counterpart, Igor Morgulov, according to the Korean Central News Agency.

"Both sides agreed to boost high-level contact and exchange in the political field, actively promote cooperation in the fields of economy and humanitarianism, bolster up mutual support and collaboration in tackling the issue of the Korean peninsula and on the international arena," the KCNA said.

"A 2019-2020 plan of exchange between the two Foreign Ministries was signed following the negotiations," it added.

Observers speculate that "high-level contact" could mean a possible trip to Moscow by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for his first summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Pyongyang has been stepping up its diplomacy with Russia since the collapse of the summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump last month.