12 Jul '11, 12pm

France set to open an office in #DPRK to "develop cultural ties and represent French non-governmental organisations"

PARIS - FRANCE said on Tuesday it plans to open an office in the North Korean capital Pyongyang to develop cultural ties and to represent French non-governmental organisations working in the totalitarian state. But the foreign ministry made it clear the mission does not represent an opening of diplomatic ties with Pyongyang. France and Estonia are the only European Union nations never to have developed relations with North Korea. 'We confirm that this office is opening,' foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero told reporters, adding that French diplomat Olivier Vaysset was already in Pyongyang to discuss details of the new representation. 'It will be two people, the director of the office and a French teaching assistant. The nomination of the director is imminent, but nothing is fixed at this stage,' Mr Valero said. 'The goal of the office is to maintain a presence and t...

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