N.Korea views 2002 pact with Japan as key

PYONGYANG, North Korea, April 14 (UPI) -- North Korea said Friday that the country's problems with Japan, including abduction issues, should be solved using a 2002 pact signed by their two leaders. In a meeting with Kyodo News and its member news organizations, Supreme People's Assembly Presidium

Japan announces result of DNA tests

TOKYO, April 11 (UPI) -- Japan says DNA tests show that a South Korean man abducted by North Korea is the father of the daughter of a Japanese woman also kidnapped to North Korea.

Kim Jong Il wants nuclear-free peninsula

PYONGYANG, North Korea, July 14 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has told a visiting Chinese envoy his country's goal is a nuclear-free Korean peninsula. China's presidential envoy Tang Jiaxuan met Kim in Pyongyang Wednesday. He brought a message from President Hu Jintao, expressing hope

S.Korea's high-level mission visits North

SEOUL, June 14 (UPI) -- South Korea's high-profile government delegation left for North Korea on Tuesday for joint events to mark the anniversary of the 2000 Korean summit.

S. Korea, N. Korea agree talks are needed

JAKARTA, April 23 (UPI) -- South Korean Prime Minister Lee Hae Chan and North Korean official Kim Yong Nam agreed Saturday in Jakarta that talks are needed.

N.Korea postpones parliamentary session

PYONGYANG, North Korea, March 4 (UPI) -- North Korea said Friday it would postpone its legislative session due to start next week, without giving any explanation.

U.S. lawmaker: N.Korea ready to join talks

SEOUL, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- North Korea is expected to rejoin six-nation talks on its nuclear weapons program within weeks, a U.S. congressional delegation said in Seoul Friday.

N.Korea decrees mourning period for Arafat

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- North Korea decreed an official mourning period for Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, calling him its "close friend," Pyongyang's official media said Friday.

China vague on aid to North Korea

BEIJING, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue gave cryptic answers Tuesday as to the forms of aid her country is offering to the regime ruling North Korea.

China to revive stalled N. Korea talks

BEIJING, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- North Korea's No. 2 leader, Kim Yong-nam, arrived in Beijing Monday as China renewed efforts to revive six-party talks on Pyongyang's nuclear program.
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Kim Yong Nam

Kim Yong-nam (born 4 February 1928) is the current North Korean Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, a position held since 1998.

He is considered the de facto head of state of North Korea, as the officeholder of the Chairman of the Presidium. Although he is not de jure head of state of North Korea (as no such office exists), in his capacity as Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, he has the role of accepting the credentials of ambassadors, conducting foreign relations and signing treaties. He has held this office since 5 September 1998, and he previously served as foreign minister from 1983 to 1998. Kim represents the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on all state visits and summits and receives visiting heads of state; in theory he, Premier Choe Yong-rim, and Chairman of the National Defense Commission Kim Jong-il form a tripartite executive, each having powers equal to a third of a president's, controlling foreign relations, government, and defense, respectively. In practice, Kim Jong-il is the effective ruler of the country, and the Chairman of the Presidium is considered a junior position.

Kim embarked on a two-week tour of Mongolia, Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Singapore on 20 July 2007. On 18 March 2008, he embarked on a goodwill tour of four African nations. Arriving in Namibia on 20 March he was present for the inauguration of a new presidential residence that was built by North Korea, describing it as a "symbol of friendship" between the two countries; he also held talks with Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba and signed an agreement on public health cooperation with Pohamba. He subsequently visited Angola, where he met with President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos on 24 March the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he met with President Joseph Kabila on 26 March and Uganda, where he met with President Yoweri Museveni on 29 March. He returned to North Korea on 1 April. Kim also attended the Beijing Olympics on 8 August 2008.

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