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Senior N. Korean naval commander visits Russia

RIA Novosti

03:03 20/10/2011 VLADIVOSTOK, October 20 (RIA Novosti) - Commander of N. Korea’s East Sea Fleet, Rear Admiral Kim Min-Sik, will start on Thursday an official visit to Russia’s Pacific Fleet.

“The visit will continue until October 27…and will include tours of the Admiral Tributs missile destroyer and the Varshavyanka diesel-powered submarine,” a Pacific Fleet spokesman said.

Kim Min-Sik will also meet with senior Pacific Fleet officials and visit the Russian military contingent on the Kamchatka peninsula.

The admiral’s visit is a follow-up to the visit of Russia's Eastern Military District Commander Admiral Konstantin Sidenko to Pyongyang in August. The sides agreed at the time to expand military ties, hold joint military exercises and exchange friendly visits of warships.

The Russian military has recently said Russia and North Korea could hold joint naval drills in the Yellow Sea in 2012 with the focus on sea rescue and humanitarian missions.

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