North Korea to make Munich Security Conference debut in 2020

North Korea will send a delegation to the Munich Security Conference for the first time in the 56-year history of the diplomatic gathering, organisers said Thursday.

The conference confirmed that North Korean vice foreign minister Kim Son Gyong would attend the event, to be held between February 14 and 16.

The announcement comes a month after Pyongyang declared it was abandoning moratoriums on nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests.

The conference hosts high-ranking officials and world leaders each year to discuss security challenges.

The self-imposed ban on tests had been the centrepiece of two years of nuclear diplomacy between the US and North Korea, including three meetings between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Also expected to attend the Munich talks this year are US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and the leader of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is likewise expected to attend, as is Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

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