India to retain its small embassy in North Korea: Sushma tells Tillerson

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday told United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that New Delhi wanted to retain its small embassy in North Korea.

Responding to a question that if India is ready to cut diplomatic ties with North Korea, Swaraj said,” Trade relations with Pyongyang are at a minimum, but it is important to continue having an embassy in the country.”

“I told Tillerson that some of your friendly nations must have an embassy there in North Korea for any possible communication,” Swaraj said after meeting Tillerson in New Delhi.

India and North Korea have maintained diplomatic offices in each other’s capitals, though New Delhi recently banned trade of most goods with the country, except in food or medicine.

Tillerson arrived on a two-day visit to India last evening.

The U.S. Secretary of State’s visit to India is part of his five-nation tour that includesPakistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Switzerland alongside.