Vice-President Sai Mauk Kham met the North Korean ambassador to Burma Kim Sok Chol at the Presidential Palace in Naypyidaw on Wednesday. Remaining ties to North Korea have proven to be a sticking point in Thein Sein’s relationship with the West.
Senator Mitch McConnel has backed a proposal to end sanctions against Burma – after a landmark visit by the Burmese President to the US.
The European Union lifts all sanctions on Burma except for an arms embargo, in recognition of sweeping political reforms.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Australia will ease restrictions on Burma during President Thein Sein’s landmark trip to the country on Monday.