Senior NK party official cancels planned visit to Indonesia: sources

Ri Su-yong, a senior North Korean party official, canceled his planned visit to Indonesia, as he failed to secure a meeting with former President Megawati Sukarnoputri, diplomatic sources said Tuesday.

Ri, a vice chairman of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, was supposed to arrive in Indonesia late Monday via Hong Kong after traveling to Vietnam, but he put off the visit at the last minute according to the sources.

They said that the cancellation came as an arrangement for a meeting with the former chief executive fell through.

Megawati, the leader of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), was known to have enjoyed close ties with former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, the late father of current leader Kim Jong-un.

"Ri seemed to have aimed to break out of the international isolation deepened by North Korea's nuclear and missile programs by seeking cooperation between the two nations' parties," said a source.

The observer said the former North Korean foreign minister flew back to China so he could return home.

Indonesia, which has traditionally had close ties with North Korea, is implementing the U.N. Security Council resolutions to punish Pyongyang for its nuclear and missile tests early this year.

North Korea's state media reported that a delegation led by Ri attended the 18th International Meeting of Communist and Workers' Parties in Hanoi on Friday.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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