10/19/11 (AEIN) Amur Region Governor Oleg Kozhemyako visited various sites of interest in North Korea's capitol Pyongyang on Tuesday before signing two bilateral agreements. He was accompanied by the Russian ambassador and other officials, state media reported.
The Governor traveled to the Kumsusan Memorial Palace and the Liberation Tower, as well as a fruit farm, a fruit processing facility and a construction site. At the Liberation Tower, he and other officials paid tribute to Russian soldiers who died at war.
On the same day, North Korean Trade Minister Ri Ryong Nam and Governor Kozhemyako signed a trade agreement. A friendly relations agreement between the Amur Region and South Phyongan Province was also enacted, signed by the governor and a Korean provincial official.
North Korea and Russia have maintained close political and economic ties for over fifty years, especially while the Soviet government remained in power. The country's leader and party Chairman Kim Jong-il recently traveled to eastern Russia.