German delegation calls off North Korea trip

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27 October 2006, Berlin (dpa) - A German parliamentary delegation cancelled a trip to North Korea on Friday after the government in Pyongyang refused to grant visas to four journalists invited to accompany the group. The German-Korean parliamentary group was due to leave October 31 for a four-day visit that included talks with members of the North Korean government and the Supreme People's Assembly. The four-person delegation was due to have been led by Hartmut Koschyk, a Christian Social Union member of p

27 October 2006

Berlin (dpa) - A German parliamentary delegation cancelled a trip to North Korea on Friday after the government in Pyongyang refused to grant visas to four journalists invited to accompany the group.

The German-Korean parliamentary group was due to leave October 31 for a four-day visit that included talks with members of the North Korean government and the Supreme People's Assembly.

The four-person delegation was due to have been led by Hartmut Koschyk, a Christian Social Union member of parliament, who has made several previous trips to the secretive East Asian nation.

It would have been the first visit to the country by a delegation from the West since North Korea tested a nuclear device on October 9.

Koschyk said nine journalists had been invited to make the trip, but only five of them were granted visas. He said the North Koreans had refused visas to reporters from Germany's ARD television network, Der Spiegel magazine, the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper and the news agency AP.

The parliamentarian said the refusal violated a 2001 protocol signed in connection with the establishment of diplomatic relations between German and North Korea.

The protocol states that visas applications from the media will be given approval, Koschyk said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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