Kim Yong Nam Visits Africa
Kim Yong Nam, North Korea’s second-in-command and the president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, embarked on 3-nation tour of Africa, reports the KCNA (via IHT). No official reason for the trip was given but:
Nam Bok-rim, an official at South Korea’s Unification Ministry, said the trip was seen as part of North Korea’s recent attempt to boost ties with developing countries (IHT).
North Korea, it seems, is trying to break out of the shell of isolation is has inhibited since its nuclear test in 2006. Perhaps North Korea is trying to establish economic relations with these countries, a la China’s Africa policy?