Monday, April 04, 2011

Former President Carter to North Korea April 26-28

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will make a private trip to North Korea on April 26-28, Yonhap News Agency reported Monday, citing an unnamed source.

The visit comes after a North Korean economic delegation ended a 16-day U.S. tour, and a senior North Korean diplomat attended a seminar hosted by a U.S. think tank in Berlin last week.

Carter will travel to Pyongyang with members of a group comprised of former heads of state from around the world, the source added.

‘‘Carter’s coming visit will provide a chance to see if there is a change in North Korea’s behavior and also gauge the possibility of a breakthrough’’ in the diplomatic deadlock with the country, the source was quoted as saying.

Carter previously visited North Korea last August to bring back an American man detained for illegal entry.

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