North Korean state media has reported that the country opened an embassy in the former Soviet state of Belarus.
The North’s official Korean Central News Agency(KCNA) said on Wednesday that a North Korean delegation led by a director of the country’s Foreign Ministry visited Belarus between last Sunday and Tuesday at the invitation of the Eastern European country.
The KCNA said during the visit, the delegation held talks with a Foreign Ministry director of Belarus and attended the opening ceremony of the North Korean embassy in Minsk.
The North’s media said the opening of the diplomatic post in Belarus reflects the yearning and will by the North Korean government and its people to take the relationship between the North and Belarus to a higher level.
The North established a diplomatic relationship with Belarus in 1992 but had operated only a trade representative in the country.
Belarus, meanwhile, has denied the news.
A South Korean Foreign Ministry official said Thursday that the Minsk government denied the North Korean media report, hinting that the subject was discussed between the two sides but the North prematurely publicized it. Earlier this week, the Foreign Ministry in Belarus said it was holding talks with the North on the matter.