Thursday, October 15, 2009

Franklin Graham in North Korea

The Rev. Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, has arrived in North Korea bearing a gift for North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. Graham handed the present, which was not identified, to a high-ranking official Wednesday to give to Kim, the Korean Central News Agency reported.

"I believe it is important to make visits like this to help improve relations and to have a better understanding with each other," Graham said, according to his Samaritan's Purse Web site.

The group said Graham will visit a hospital and also will oversee the delivery of $190,000 in equipment to outfit a dental school that can train up to 70 dentists per year.

KCNA reported that Graham said he hoped he could act as a bridge for better relations between the United States and North Korea.

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