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Russia's vice foreign minister in Pyongyang: KCNA

Russian Vice Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov arrived in Pyongyang on Wednesday, North Korea's state media reported, a visit that comes amid the possibility of a resumption of nuclear talks between the North and the United States.

Morgulov, the senior diplomat in charge of Asia-Pacific affairs, is in the North Korean capital along with other officials, the Korean Central News Agency reported, without giving details on when he arrived or the purpose of his trip.

Morgulov also serves as Russia's special representative for North Korea affairs.

Russian Vice Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov (Yonhap)
Russian Vice Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov (Yonhap)

His visit is drawing attention as Pyongyang is expected to restart nuclear negotiations with Washington, possibly around the end of this month. The nuclear dialogue has been stalemated since their leaders' February summit in Hanoi ended without making any headway.

He last visited Pyongyang in April, after the North's leader Kim Jong-un held a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin the same month. (Yonhap)