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N.K. ambassador to U.N. says Pyongyang has no hard feelings left toward Vietnam: report

13:31 February 14, 2019

SEOUL, Feb. 14 (Yonhap) -- North Korea does not have a sense of betrayal toward Vietnam left from the past after the Southeast Asian country turned to a market economy, Pyongyang's top envoy to the United Nations was quoted on Thursday as saying.

Ambassador Kim Song made the remark during a luncheon on Saturday with representatives from a pro-unification organization of Korean-Americans when asked if the North feels betrayed after Vietnam took on the economic reform policy despite the North's dispatch of troops and assistance during the Vietnam War.

"That was then and this is now," Kim said in response, adding that the North feels no sense of betrayal, according to Minjok Tongshin, a U.S.-based website focused on inter-Korean and unification issues.

The remark came as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is set to have a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi from Feb. 27-28.

Speculation arose that Kim could make a state visit to Vietnam after his meeting with Trump.

Vietnam's foreign minister, Pham Binh Minh, has been on a visit to Pyongyang since Tuesday for discussions about the upcoming Trump-Kim summit and the possible state visit to the country by the North's leader.

In this file photo, taken on Sept. 26, 2018, Kim Song (C), North Korean ambassador to the United Nations, and other North Korean officials applaud at the end of South Korean President Moon Jae-in's speech at the U.N. General Assembly in New York. Moon said North Korea is on the path toward denuclearization and that it's now time for the international community to respond to the North's new efforts. (Yonhap)

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