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N. Korea, Iran hold FM talks
SEOUL, May 13 (Yonhap) -- North Korean Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun held talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on the sidelines of the ministerial meeting of non-aligned countries that kicked off in Egypt last Wednesday, the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

   At the talks, the Iranian foreign minister congratulated North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on becoming supreme leader of the North's Workers' Party, the state and the army and pledged that Iran would firmly support Pyongyang in the future, the KCNA said without elaborating.

   Pak also held separate talks with his counterpart of Cuba, the minister of state for foreign affairs of Angola and vice foreign ministers of Vietnam, Laos and Belarus, the agency said.

   Addressing the non-aligned meeting on Wednesday, the North Korean foreign minister denounced the United Nations for imposing double standards on Pyongyang's rocket launch and repeated Pyongyang's stance that the North exercised its "sovereign and legitimate right" to launch the rocket last month.

   The North claimed the April 13 launch was designed to put a satellite into orbit, but South Korea and the United States said it was a cover for testing the North's ballistic missile technology.

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