Former US President Jimmy Carter sends condolences to North Korea

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter

 

North Korea’s state-run news agency says former US President Jimmy Carter has sent a message of condolence over the death of its leader Kim Jong Il.

The Korean Central News Agency said on Thursday that Carter offered his condolences to the late leader’s son, Kim Jong Un, and the Korean people.

It says Carter also wished Kim Jong Un every success as he assumes his new responsibility as leader and that he looked forward to visiting North Korea again.

Carter visited North Korea in June 1994 when tension was running high between the 2 countries over the North’s nuclear program. He held talks with then leader Kim Il Sung that eased the tensions.

Carter also visited the North last year to secure the release of an American detained by the country. On a visit to the country in April this year, he received a message from Kim Jong Il calling for an inter-Korean summit.

North Korea’s state media are reporting that Kim Jong Un is receiving messages of condolences from leaders and other important figures around the world.   (*)

 

 

SOURCE : NHK

Posted Friday, December 23, 2011

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