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LEAD: Kim Yong Nam cancels trip to U.S.

FRANKFURT, Sept. 5 Kyodo


Kim Yong Nam, head of North Korea's legislature and the country's titular head of state, angered at the treatment ''like a criminal'' he went through during boarding procedures at Frankfurt airport, has canceled his visit to the United States for the U.N. Millennium Summit, a North Korean government official said Tuesday.

Kim ''was forced to undergo body check like a criminal'' when he tried to board a New York-bound flight operated by the U.S. American Airlines, the official told reporters in announcing the decision.

Kim, president of North Korea's Supreme National Assembly, was on his way to the U.S. to attend the three-day U.N. Summit, which opens Wednesday.

He had also scheduled a bilateral meeting with South Korean President Kim Dae Jung in New York on Tuesday evening.

The South Korean news agency Yonhap said Kim has booked a flight to Beijing, apparently on his way home.
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Date:Sep 11, 2000
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