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Russia, North Korea Sign Arms Deal

Friday, 27 April 2001 12:00 AM

Deputy Prime Minister Ilya Klebanov, who is charged with overseeing Russia's vast military-industrial complex and Moscow's arms exports, held talks with visiting North Korean Armed Forces Minister Kim Il-Chol, reaching agreement on the deal to modernize North Korea's armaments and defenses.

According to another Russian news agency, Itar-Tass, most of North Korea's air force, which consists primarily of Soviet-made planes, is in urgent need of repairs or replacement.

The military news agency AVN said North Korea is seeking to upgrade its air fleet, mainly comprising MiG-21s.

Klebanov told RIA he did not expect the agreement to harm Moscow's relationship with South Korea.

"Russia's main aim is successful negotiations between North and South Korea," Klebanov said.

Kim, who arrived in Moscow on Thursday, is also meeting Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, and will hold talks with President Vladimir Putin as part of his visit to the Russian capital.

Russian-North Korean relations, which were allowed to decay during Boris Yeltsin's decade-long rule, received a major boost last July when Putin paid a groundbreaking visit to Pyongyang.

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