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

More from World

EU starts "new era" of NATO cooperation amid uncertainty over Trump

NATO foreign ministers signed a deal on closer collaboration with the European Union on Tuesday, with the bloc's top...

Trump threatens to cancel orders for new Air Force One planes

US President-elect Donald Trump threatened Tuesday to cancel the planned purchase of new presidential planes because...

Regime advances fast in Aleppo as Russia insists on rebel pull-out

Syrian regime forces made rapid inroads in eastern Aleppo Tuesday, as government ally Russia accused the United...

Ugandan warlord charged with atrocities tells ICC he was a victim

One of the senior commanders of a Ugandan militia that has been blamed for tens of thousands of deaths portrayed...

South Africa's appeals court overturns ruling allowing euthanasia

South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal on Tuesday overturned a ruling by a lower court granting a terminally ill...