A high-level North Korean official left on Saturday for an overseas trip including a visit to Syria, the North's state media reported, amid suspicions the two countries might be cooperating on a secret nuclear program.
Choe Thae Bok, speaker of the North's rubber-stamp parliament, will also visit Italy during the trip, the North's Korean Central News Agency said in a brief one-sentence dispatch that gave no further details.
The trip comes amid lingering suspicions that North Korea may be providing nuclear assistance to Syria.
Last month, a high-level Syrian delegation visited Pyongyang.
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