(Reuters) - North Korea's state news agency KCNA said on Tuesday that it and Russia had signed a deal on debts owed by Pyongyang to Moscow, although it gave no details of any of the terms.
North Korea is estimated to owe about $11 billion, racked up when it was a client state of the Soviet Union. The two countries held talks on a debt settlement earlier this year, according to media reports.
"A contract was signed in Moscow on readjusting debt that the DPRK (North Korea) owed to the Russian Federation as a result of the loans that the former Soviet Union had offered to the DPRK," the KCNA reported on Tuesday, saying that the deal had been signed in Moscow on September 17.
Russian newspaper Izvestia reported in 2011 that Russia would write off 90 percent of its debt, a level that is generally given to the poorest countries in the world that seek debt restructurings.