N.Korea to send figurehead to Iran summit, not supreme leader

KCNA said figurehead leader Kim Yong-nam would represent the North at the summit for developing nations not tied to any major political alliances.

N.Korea to send figurehead to Iran summit, not supreme leader

World Bulletin / News Desk

North Korea's figurehead head of state, not supreme leader Kim Jong-un, will attend a summit of non-aligned developing nations in Iran next week, Pyonyang's official KCNA news agency reported on Thursday.

There had been rumours Kim, who succeeded his father Kim Jong-il in December, would visit Tehran to mark his first trip abroad as leader of the state.

However, KCNA said figurehead leader Kim Yong-nam would represent the North at the summit for developing nations not tied to any major political alliances.

"Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, will attend the 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement to be held in Tehran and will make an official goodwill visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran at the invitation of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad," KCNA said, referring to the North's official name of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Rumours that Kim Jong-un would make the trip came as the North is believed to be planning to experiment with major farm and economic reforms after he and his powerful uncle purged the country's top generals for opposing change.

The Non-Aligned Movement is one of few multilateral forums the North has taken part in, but the country's supreme political leader has not attended the summit in decades, opting instead to send a figurehead representative.

Last Mod: 23 Ağustos 2012, 09:34
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