Russia, DPRK eye closer naval co-op

Updated: 2011-08-31 09:05


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MOSCOW - Senior commanders from Russia and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have been considering plans to enhance bilateral naval cooperation, a Russian military spokesman said Tuesday.

Admiral Konstantin Sidenko, commander of Russia's Eastern Military District, who is in the DPRK for a visit, discussed the subject with senior DPRK military commanders, said Lieutenant Colonel Igor Muginov, Sidenko's spokesman.

The two sides also discussed the possibilities of holding joint search and rescue exercises and humanitarian drills in the open sea, Muginov told reporters.

During his trip, Sidenko held talks with Ri Yong-ho, chief of the General Staff of the Korean People's Army (KPA), and visited a KPA unit, the spokesman said.

Muginov said Russian and DPRK military ships may conduct friendly mutual visits in the coming days.