SINGAPORE, For North Korea, the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) is a rare opportunity for senior-level bilateral and multilateral diplomacy.
Like in previous years, Pyongyang is sending its top diplomat, Ri Yong-ho, to the session to be held in Singapore this weekend.
He's expected to arrive here on Friday morning from Beijing.
During last year's meeting in Manila, Ri faced criticism for the North's continued provocations, including various missile launches. That is not likely to be the case this time.
He will instead be emboldened by a peace mood, as his country has taken several goodwill measures, such as the dismantling of nuclear and missile testing sites and the repatriation of American war dead.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has already appeared in Singapore, sitting and chatting with U.S. President Donald Trump in front of international media.
Participating in the ARF session at the Singapore Expo convention center on Saturday, Ri will be in the same room with his South Korean, American, Chinese and Japanese counterparts along with foreign ministers of two dozen other nations.
Source: Yonhap News Agency