The Straits Times
Published on Jan 22, 2013

N Korea grants rare citizenship to American businessman


SEOUL (AFP) - The US boss of a joint venture run by North Korea and the Unification Church of South Korea said on Tuesday he has been granted rare honorary citizenship by Pyongyang, in a bid to encourage new investment by him.

Mr Park Sang Kwon, CEO of Pyeonghwa Motors told South Korea's Yonhap news agency that he received the citizenship in Pyongyang last month.

"This means that North Korea has acknowledged the trust they had put in me. They were also encouraging me to start new projects in the North, more freely and aggressively," Mr Park was quoted as saying.

Mr Park showed an ID that read: "This is to certify that comrade Park Sang Kwon, who has made outstanding contributions to the nation's prosperity, is an honorary citizen of Pyongyang".