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Vietnam - D.P.R Korea relations


1) Establishment of diplomatic relations: January 31, 1950
2) Key Events in Vietnam - DPRK Relations

Vietnamese leaders’ visits to DPRK
July 1957:  President Ho Chi Minh
June 1961: Prime Minister Pham Van Dong
September 1988: President Vo Chi Cong
May 1997: Foreign Minister Nguyen Manh Cam
August 2000: Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien
May 2002: President Tran Duc Luong
July 2006:  Chairman of External Committee of Central Committee of the Communist Party Nguyen Van Son

DPRK leaders’ visits to Vietnam
November 1958: Prime Minister Kim Il Sung
January 1992:  Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kim Yong Nam
April 1996: Minister, Chairman of External Economic Committee Lee Sung Tae        
April 1997: Deputy Prime Minister Kong Jin Thae
March 2000: Foreign Minister Paek Nam Sun
April 2001: Alternate member of the Politic Bureau, Secretary of the Party's Central Committee, President of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Choi Tae Bok
July 2001: President of the Supreme People’s Assembly of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Kim Yong Nam
The two countries have signed a number of important agreements such as the Agreement on Cultural Cooperation (1957); Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (1958); the Friendship and Cooperation Treaty (1961); Agreement on Trade and Maritime (1962); Agreement of mutual assistance on medical services (1966); Agreement of visa exemption for diplomatic and official passport holders (1969); Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance (2002); Agreement of cooperation on civil air transportation (1977); Agreement for the Promotion and Protection of Investment (2002); Agreement on double taxation avoidance (2002).
Current relations
Political relations: The two sides have maintained delegation exchanges of ministries and agencies.
Economic relations: The two countries established the Vietnam - DPRK Joint Committee for Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation in September 2000. The fourth meeting session was held in Pyongyang from October 15-18, 2001; the fifth session in Hanoi from November 19-20, 2003 and the sixth session in Pyongyang from August 8 to September 9, 2006.
Bilateral trade volume
In 1993, Vietnam exported US$ 35,475 while importing US$ 4.5 million from DPRK; in 1994, Vietnam exported US$ 32,000 and imported US$ 13.8 million. However, since 1996, the two countries almost have not done trade with each other.
The Vietnamese Government gave the DPRK 1000 tons of rice in 2000; 5,000 tons of rice in 2001 and in 2002, 1,000 tons of rice and 5 tons of rubber in 2005.
In the 1960’s and 1970’s the DPRK helped train hundreds of Vietnamese students. Every year, the Ministry of Culture and Information of Vietnam sends artistic troupes to attend the Spring Arts Festival, which is held annually in Pyongyang.

 
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