India quietly rebuilds ties with N. Korea

First ministerial visit to N. Korea in 20 years in anticipation of UN sanctions being lifted

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs rarely lets go of a chance to promote its ministerial visits online. So when word first came of Minister of State for External Affairs V. K. Singh's presence in North Korea from Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency on May 15, nearly everyone was caught unawares.

It was the first Indian ministerial visit to North Korea in two decades - an indication that New Delhi is quietly rebuilding its ties with Pyongyang, exploiting favourable geopolitical tailwinds to ensure its interests are in place as the hermit kingdom gradually comes in from the cold.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 30, 2018, with the headline 'India quietly rebuilds ties with N. Korea'. Print Edition | Subscribe