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Gazprom Delegation Visits North Korea

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A delegation from Russian gas giant Gazprom has visited North Korea.

North Korea's Central News Agency said the delegation was led by Deputy Managing Chairman Aleksandr Ananenkov, but offered few other details.

The news follows a report in May that a top Russian intelligence official had traveled to Pyongyang to discuss economic projects involving North and South Korea, the world's No. 2 consumer of liquefied natural gas.

According to an Interfax report in May, Foreign Intelligence Service director Mikhail Fradkov and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il discussed projects including a railway junction, a gas pipeline, and a power line from Russia to South Korea via North Korea.

Russia's "Kommersant" newspaper reported on June 30 that Kim had decided to cancel a trip to Russia due to worries about security sparked by media reports about the trip.

compiled from agency reports