North Korea sends top diplomat to Russia amid tensions

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 11, 2010 09:20

SEOUL — North Korea dispatched its top diplomat to Russia on Saturday amid a flurry of regional diplomacy aimed at defusing tensions over Pyongyang's deadly artillery attack on South Korea.

North Korean Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun left for Russia, the North's official Korean Central News Agency reported in a one-sentence report. No details were given, but Pak on Friday accused South Korea and the United States of pursuing a policy of hostility and confrontation and reiterating that Pyongyang needs its nuclear program to fend them off.

"We once again feel convinced that we have made the right choice in strengthening our defenses with the nuclear deterrent," he said, according to an interview with the Russian news agency Interfax.


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