N. Korea's Kim Yong Nam to pay 4-day visit to Indonesia from Sun.JAKARTA, May 7 Kyodo
North Korea's second-ranking leader Kim Yong Nam is to pay a four-day visit to Indonesia from Sunday amid global concerns over his country's nuclear program and its recent failed attempt to launch a rocket, an Indonesian presidential spokesman said Monday.
In a press statement, Teuku Faizasyah said Kim, president of North Korea's Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly The Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) is the unicameral parliament of North Korea (DPRK). It consists of one deputy from each of 687 constituencies, elected to five-year terms. Choi Tae-bok is the Chairman of the SPA, and Yang Hyung-sup and Kim Young-dae are the Vice-Chairmen. , will travel to Jakarta at the invitation of the Indonesian president.
''Indonesia and North Korea have already had a good relationship since diplomatic ties (between the two countries) were officially opened in 1961),'' Faizasyah said.
He did not detail Kim's agenda in Indonesia, but a State Palace source said Kim, 84, may hold talks with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono General (ret.) Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (born September 9, 1949 in Pacitan, East Java, Indonesia), is an Indonesian retired military general and statesman as well as the sixth President of Indonesia. on May 15.
Kim's position is believed to be just below that of the country's new top leader Kim Jong Un.
The trip will be Kim's third to Indonesia in the past decade. He last visited in 2005 to attend the Asian-African Conference in the West Java provincial capital Bandung.
In 2002, he met then-President Megawati Sukarnoputri whose family's relationship with the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il Kim Jong Il
or Kim Chong Il
(born Feb. 16, 1941, Siberia, Russia, U.S.S.R.) Son of Kim Il-sung. He was designated his father's successor in 1980 and became North Korea's de facto leader on his father's death in 1994. dates back to 1964.
Indonesia has maintained a strong relationship with North Korea since the time of Indonesia's founding father and first President Sukarno, Megawati's father, and North Korean founder and first leader Kim Il Sung Kim Il Sung (kĭm ĭl sng), 1912–94, North Korean political leader, chief of state of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (1948–94); originally named Kim Sung Chu. , the grandfather of Kim Jong Un.