North Korea to re-open news agency in Myanmar 30 years after bombing

The North Korean embassy is planning to resume the operation of its state-owned news agency in Myanmar more than 30 years after its agents tried to assassinate the visiting South Koreanpresident in Yangon, a media official said Sunday.

Kim Sok Chol, North Korea's ambassador to Myanmar, mentioned the plan to re-operate the state-owned Korea Central News Agency (KNCA) during a meeting with the members of the newly-elected Myanmar Media Council on Saturday, council secretary Thiha Saw said.

Myanmar shut down the North Korea embassy in Yangon and suspended all diplomatic relations with North Korea after agents from the communist country tried to assassinate then-South Korean president Chun Doo Hwan during an official visit to Yangon on October 9, 1983.

The bombing at the Martyrs' Mausoleum in Yangon killed 21 people, including four South Korean cabinet ministers.

Myanmar and North Korea restored diplomatic relations in 2007.

Last update: Sun, 03/01/2016 - 10:57

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