Carter heads team of former leaders to Nth Korea

Former US president Jimmy Carter has arrived in Pyongyang, where he hopes to meet North Korea's reclusive leader.

Carter's arrival marks the start of a three-day visit to North Korea aimed at assessing severe food shortages and discussing the revival of nuclear disarmament talks.

He is accompanied by former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari, former Norwegian prime minister Gro Brundtland and former Irish president Mary Robinson.

Carter said before flying from Beijing that the group hoped to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, as well as his son and heir-apparent Kim Jong Un, but was unsure whether that would happen.


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