Friday, 2 May 2008

Malta-North Korea

During the late 1970s and the early 1980s, it seems that Malta was forging a close relationship with North Korea. In his Liberta' Mhedda, Dione Borg had written about the arms treaty signed in the early 1980s between the two governments whereby North Korea had supplied Malta with a certain amount of weapons for free. It seems that some advisors from North Korea had also been involved in at least one local construction project.

It is a pity that very little information has been published about the relationship between Malta and North Korea. Indeed, very few people probably know that North Korea's current leader - Kim Jong-il - had visited Malta during the 1980s to study English. I wish that Dr Mifsud Bonnici and Mr Mintoff could shed more light on this very interesting chapter of Maltese history.