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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un 'to visit Iran'

Head of impoverished, nuclear state will attend conference in Iranian capital next week

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un 'to visit Iran'
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is to visit Tehran next week to attend a major international summit.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is to visit Tehran next week to attend a major international summit, an official Iranian news agency confirmed, the young head of state's first official foreign visit since succeeding his father Kim Jong-il last year.

“According to my knowledge the president of this country will attend the conference of the Non-Aligned Movement,” Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told the Mehr News Agency when asked if Kim Jong-un will attend the event.

The summit will take place in the Iranian capital from August 26 to 31. The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is a group of states considering themselves not aligned formally with or against any major power bloc.

Founded in Belgrade in 1961, the movement had 120 members and 21 observer countries, with few from either Europe or North America.

The incoming Secretary-General of the NAM is newly elected president Mohamed Morsi of Egypt. Middle Eastern members of NAM include Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Syria, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

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