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Former US President Jimmy Carter has arrived in Pyongyang, the capital of the DPRK and held talks with the country's senior officials.
After his arrival, Carter met with the President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK, Kim Yong Nam. According to the country's official news agency, Kim arranged a reception to honor Carter and the two held talks. It's believed Carter's visit to Pyongyang is to negotiate the release of American Aijalon Mahli Gomes, who was detained by the DPRK in January for illegal entry into the country.
|In this Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010 photo, former U.S. President |
Jimmy Carter, left, shakes hands with North Korea's No. 2 Kim Yong
Nam at Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang, North Korea.
(AP Photo/Kyodo News)
There are reports Carter may spend one night in Pyongyang and return with Gomes Thursday. The Obama administration refused to comment on the visit, saying Washington had no plans to send an envoy to the country and would continue to evaluate Gomes' situation through Swedish diplomats there and negotiate his release with Pyongyang.