Japanese media say a senior North Korean official will travel to Burma on April 25th in an effort to normalize diplomatic relations between the two nations.
Japanese public broadcaster NHK says North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Young Il will spend three days in Burma's new administrative capital, Nay Pyi Taw.
Burma severed diplomatic ties with North Korea in 1983, accusing North Korean agents of detonating bombs in Rangoon. That attack killed 17 visiting South Korean officials, including four cabinet ministers.
Burma and North Korea are two of the world's most reclusive countries. They are both subject to Western economic sanctions and face criticism because of alleged human rights abuses.