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Russian deputy PM travels to North Korea

Russian deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev is leading a three-day delegation visit in North Korea, where the officials are expected to discuss a range of political and economic issues, and attend at least two ceremonial events.

By JC Finley

PYONGYANG, North Korea, April 28 (UPI) -- Russian deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev arrived in Pyongyang on Monday for a three-day visit to discuss a range of political and economic issues with North Korean officials.

A Russian official at the embassy in Pyongyang told ITAR-TASS News Agency that the deputy prime minister would be leading a delegation comprised of Primorstky Territory Governor Vladimir Miklushevsky, Khabarovsk Territory Governor Vyacheslav Shport, and Amur Region Governor Oleg Kozhemyako.

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The delegates are also expected to attend two ceremonial events while in Pyongyang, including the presentation of fire engines to North Korea and laying flowers at the Liberation Monument, where a plaque reads: "Eternal glory to the Great Soviet Army that liberated the Korean People from the yoke of Japanese militarists and opened up the road for the Korean people to freedom and independence!"

There were no further specifics available regarding the delegation's agenda.

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