25 Apr '11, 6am

Food shortages focus of North Korea visit

Food shortages focus of North Korea visit

BEIJING: A group of former statesmen led by ex-US president Jimmy Carter said on Monday they will focus on food shortages, human rights and denuclearisation when they visit North Korea this week. A delegation of "The Elders" group of retired state leaders will visit Pyongyang on Tuesday in an effort to seek ways to ease tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapon programmes, they told a news conference in Beijing. The four-member group, led by Carter, includes former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari, ex-Norwegian prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland and former Irish president Mary Robinson. Besides discussing ways in which to push forward multi-nation talks on the denuclearisation of North Korea, Carter said he would be looking at ways to ease sanctions on Pyongyang that have exacerbated a serious food crisis. "It is a horrible situation there and we hope to induce other ...

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