Carter arrives in North Korea on peace-building mission

By REUTERS
April 26, 2011 08:25

 
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SEOUL - Ex-US President Jimmy Carter and three other former state leaders arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday, hoping to defuse tensions on the divided Korean peninsula and kick-start long-stalled nuclear talks.

The "Elders" delegation want to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and his son and heir apparent Kim Jong-un to press for a resumption of dialogue between the two Koreas. They will also discuss ways to help alleviate the North's food shortages.

In a brief story, without comment, the North's KCNA state news agency said the group had arrived by chartered plane. They are scheduled to leave Pyongyang on Thursday for Seoul, where they will brief local officials.

Carter's visit comes as momentum builds towards a resumption of aid-for-disarmament talks, which the North quit in 2009 but now wants to rejoin. The six-party talks involve the two Koreas, the United States, China, Japan and Russia.

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