The North Korean Foreign Minister, Ri Yong-Ho, today began a three-day official visit to Vietnam, whose process of economic opening in the last three decades can serve as a model for Pyongyang.
Ri, who arrived last night in the Vietnamese capital, will meet with his counterpart, Pham Binh Minh, and with the prime minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, with the aim of relaunching diplomatic relations between the two communist countries.
In addition, according to the portal NkNews, the North Korean foreign minister plans to visit industrial complexes near Haiphong, a port city located 120 kilometers east of Hanoi.
One of the main issues that will be addressed, according to the South Korean agency Yonhap, will be the process of economic opening initiated by Vietnam in the 80s without renouncing an authoritarian political regime ruled by the Communist Party, which can serve as an inspiration to Pyongyang.
The trip is part of the intense agenda of the head of North Korea's diplomacy, which has led him to visit Iran, Russia, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan this year.
The North Korean foreign minister will leave Vietnam on Sunday to leave for Syria, where he will meet with the president, Bashar al-Assad.