Russian Delegation Agrees to Send Aid

A delegation of Russian officials has agreed to send 50,000 tons of grain to North Korea following wide-ranging discussion on relations between the two countries, according to an Interfax News Agency report.

The Russian delegation, led by Mikhail Fradkov, the director of Russia’s intelligence agency, the Foreign Intelligence Service, apparently held a meeting with Kim Jong Il during which they discussed not only aid, but also economic projects and North Korea’s nuclear weapons.

The piece cites a Russian diplomatic source as saying that the conversation dealt with economic development in the far north of North Korea, notable a train connection and the issue of a long-mooted gas pipeline connecting Russia with South Korea.

Chosun Central News Agency also reported news of the Russian delegation’s visit, but without revealing any details.