Nothing Wrong in Cooperation with North Korea, Bulgarian FM

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Bulgaria: Nothing Wrong in Cooperation with North Korea, Bulgarian FM Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin believes there is nothing wrong in signing an intergovernmental cooperation agreement with North Korea.

"In October 2010, Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov proposed such a program, and it was ratified for a period of 3 years. All we are doing is renewing this framework agreement", Vigenin said.

On Wednesday, Bulgaria's cabinet formally approved a draft intergovernmental program for cooperation with North Korea in the areas of research, education and culture. This stirred some public outcry and social media went viral with posts about how Bulgaria was revisiting its communist-era ties.

"In the past, activities under this agreement have been rather limited, mostly exchanged participation in film and cultural festivals. As for the media, we hardly have something to learn from the North Koreans, but perhaps we can be helpful in some ways", the minister added.

Vigenin specified that Bulgaria, like all other EU member states, has a diplomatic mission in Pyongyang, and such agreements are nothing unusual.

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An American - 11 Mar 2014 // 06:24:25

You Bulgarians seem to enjoy basketball. Now you will be on the top of the list for a visit from Dennis Rodman.

fic - 11 Mar 2014 // 04:23:58

Intergovernmental cooperation is nice. However, have you ever heard of the petrodollar? Saudi Arabia is America's best friend. What the hell does Saudi have to offer to the world except oil, Saudi SARS and terrorism?

Jingoistic Sentimental - 14 Feb 2014 // 00:19:02

George and Yane the Gypsy must be having orgasms at the news that Burglaria will be sucking Kim Jung Un's asian anus! Seems like Burglaria needs another handout to survive from someone else in the world besides the EU.

Yane - 13 Feb 2014 // 23:51:04

We have cooperation with countries like USA, Saudi-Arabia, USA and did I mention USA?

Tania Oz - 13 Feb 2014 // 16:48:44

Just when you think that BG has hit an all time low, they top it with another unbelievable decision. "Of all the gin joints" they pick NORTH Korea! And of course Kristian Vinegar Guts doesn't see anything wrong with that, because his ego is HUGE and disproportionate to his brain, that you cannot tell him anything, he doesn't listen and is super defensive, arrogant and authoritarian.

Yep, Bulgaria has trouble dealing with and conducting themselves properly with NORMAL countries at the best of times: but they think that having relations with NK is a rather good thing. For what, may I ask Vinegar Guts - is it to learn how to execute relatives of those in government if you step out of line? That'll be useful won't it. Perhaps we could start executing some of the BG Mafia in our "government" with proven track records. Hmm, just a thought.

Seedy - 13 Feb 2014 // 15:07:51

There is indeed nothing wrong with having links with the government of North Korea: perhaps they can let us know when they have a government rather than an obese crazy slime-ball dictator running their fudal time-warped "country"?

je suis anglais - 13 Feb 2014 // 13:39:46

and any dissenters will be fed to the hungry dogs!

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