A delegation of the ruling party of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Saturday left here to visit Europe and Mongolia, the official KCNA news agency reported.
The Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) delegation, led by Kang Sok Ju, a political bureau member of the WPK Central Committee, will visit Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and Mongolia, said the KCNA, without disclosing further details.
The DPRK, which faces strained relations with South Korea and the United States, is now seeking to break the ice in diplomacy with a series of moves.
Last week, Japanese lawmaker Antonio Inoki went to Pyongyang to stage a two-day international wrestling tournament. During his short stay here, he held talks with DPRK officials over the re-investigation into abductions of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s.
The visit, which drew worldwide attention, was widely called "sports diplomacy" and believed to help warm DPRK-Japan relations.
DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong was also reported to address the UN General Assembly later this month. The last time the DPRK sent a diplomat to attend the UN General Assembly was in 1999. Endi
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