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US officials secretly visited North Korea last year: report

Published on Feb 24, 2013 11:41 AM
 
North Korean leader Kim Jong un (third from right) speaks about a military tactical exercise by a sub-unit under the Korean People's Army in this undated recent picture. The Los Angeles Times reports that US officials made two secret visits to North Korea last year in an effort to improve relations after Mr  Kim assumed power. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - US officials made two secret visits to North Korea last year in an effort to improve relations after North Korea leader Kim Jong Un assumed power, the Los Angeles Times reported on Saturday.

Citing unnamed former US officials familiar with the trips, the newspaper said the visits in April and August were aimed at encouraging the new leadership in Pyongyang to moderate its foreign policy.

The April trip was led by Mr Joseph DeTrani, who at the time headed the National Counter-proliferation Centre in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the report said.

It was unclear who led the August trip, the paper noted.

 
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