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Kim Yong Nam Meets with Foreign Leaders and Attends NAM Summit

View of the opening session of the NAM summit in Tehran on 30 August 2012 (Photo: KCNA)

DPRK state media reported on 31 August (Friday) that Kim Yong Nam (Kim Yo’ng-nam), President of the DPRK’s Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium and titular head of state met with several foreign leaders in Tehran on 30 August (Thursday) on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement [NAM] meetings.  Kim met with Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, President of Mongolia, and Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia.  KCNA reported that “the talks took place in a friendly atmosphere.”  The Mongolian President Elbegdorj told Kim that “Kim Jong Un enjoys boundless respect from the international community for his distinguished leadership ability,” according to KCNA.  President Elbegdorj also conveyed “condolences from sincerity to the fact that the flood hit the DPRK, causing big losses, believing the Korean people would eradicate the aftermath of natural disaster as early as possible” and “renewed his determination to further develop the friendly relations between the two countries.”  Kim was also reported to have met with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.  According to KCNA, Hun Sen told Kim that “cooperation goes well between the two countries in politics, economy and all other fields in recent years.”

KCNA also reported Kim Yong Nam’s attendance at the opening session of the NAM summit.  The news item below does not disclose that during Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s remarks, the Syrian delegation left the hall.  According to AFP President Morsi said, “”The revolution in Egypt is the cornerstone for the Arab Spring, which started days after Tunisia and then it was followed by Libya and Yemen and now the revolution in Syria against its oppressive regime.”

The 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit opened in Tehran on Thursday.

The summit brought together heads of state and government from 120 non-aligned countries including Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly, high-ranking delegates and representatives of various international organizations, etc.

Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi, chairman of the 15th NAM summit, declared the summit open and made a report on the activities of the NAM for the last three years.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, was elected chairman of the 16th NAM summit.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made an inaugural speech.

He said the 16th NAM summit marks an important occasion in injecting fresh vitality into the NAM, underscoring the need to respect the will of the people in managing the world and establish a new international order as required by the present situation.

The floor was taken by high-ranking officials of various countries and international organizations.

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