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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea leans on Russian ties to expand relations with Iran

Pyongyang officials visit Moscow-friendly nations in diplomatic blitz

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk during a 2023 tour in Russia. (KCNA via Reuters)

SEOUL -- North Korea's minister for external economic relations is making a rare visit to Iran, part of Pyongyang's efforts to cultivate diplomatic relations by expanding on its ties with Moscow. 

Yun Jong Ho left North Korea with a delegation on Tuesday, the North's official Korean Central News Agency said Wednesday.

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