HC Deb 20 December 2000 vol 360 c198W
Mr. Gordon Prentice

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what initiatives he has taken following the establishment of diplomatic relations with North Korea. [141520]

Mr. Battle

Following the decision in October by the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary to respond positively to a request from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to establish diplomatic relations, diplomatic relations were established on 12 December 2000.

We hope to appoint a Chargé d'Affaires soon who will be based in Seoul. He will be responsible for establishing a resident Embassy in Pyongyang and liaising with the DPRK Government about developing relations between the UK and the DPRK, through, for example, an enhanced English language teaching programme.

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