BEIJING (AP) - Former President Jimmy Carter says he hopes to meet with North Korea's reclusive leader during a visit to the country this week aimed at assessing severe food shortages and discussing the possible revival of nuclear disarmament talks.
Carter is making the 3-day visit accompanied by former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Brundtland and former Irish President Mary Robinson. The four are members of a group of retired world leaders called the Elders founded by former South African President Nelson Mandela.
At a news conference in Beijing on Monday, Carter said the group "would like very much" to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, but was unsure whether that would happen.
Carter departs for Pyongyang on Tuesday.
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