DPRK senior official meets former U.S. president Carter

08:56, April 27, 2011      

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (3rd L) and three other former state leaders meet with Pak Ui-chun (not pictured), foreign minister of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), in Pyongyang in this picture released by KCNA on April 26, 2011. (Xinhua/KCNA)

Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun met former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and three other former heads of state Tuesday, official news agency KCNA reported.

The report didn't disclose the content of their meeting.

The group arrived in Pyongyang Tuesday morning to begin a three-day visit aimed at easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

The visit would focus on Pyongyang's nuclear program and its food shortages, said Carter, winner of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, before heading for the DPRK on Monday.

President from 1977 to 1981, Carter made a historic trip to the DPRK in 1994 to help defuse a crisis over the country's nuclear program.

He paid a three-day private visit to Pyongyang last August to secure the release of an American, Aijalon Mahli Gomes, who had been detained by the DPRK for entering the country illegally.

Source: Xinhua

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