North Korea

October 7, 2007

Shades of ping-pong diplomacy?

That’s what is being reported as North Korean Karate team visits L.A.

In a visit already drawing comparisons to the “ping pong diplomacy” between the U.S. and China in the 1970s, a team of North Korean masters of the martial art tae kwon do is expected to arrive in Los Angeles on Thursday for an unprecedented 13-day American tour. In Los Angeles, the 18 North Koreans are expected to be joined by American and South Korean practitioners of the ancient Korean combat art in a three-hour performance. They also will spend the day hobnobbing at the quintessentially American institution, Warner Brothers Studios, before traveling to San Francisco; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Louisville, Ky.; and Atlanta.

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February 27, 2007

North Korean negotiator may visit San Francisco

“North Korea’s top nuclear negotiator may visit San Francisco to meet nongovernmental groups and then go to New York for talks with his U.S. counterpart, the U.S. State Department said Monday. Responding to media reports of a possible visit by Kim Kye-gwan to the United States, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters: ‘I think that he has some meetings, potentially, with some NGOs out there in San Francisco’. “

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