North Korean foreign minister disinvited from World Economic Forum

The organizers of the World Economic Forum in Davos have withdrawn their invitation to the North Korean foreign minister following last week's nuclear test.

"We decided after the nuclear test that at the moment there will be no opportunity for an international, global dialogue in the spirit of the World Economic Forum that is committed to improve the state of the world and is an impartial organization," forum board member Philipp Roesler said Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong and senior North Korean delegates had been invited to attend the annual meeting of government and business leaders from around the world next week in the Swiss mountain resort.

The invitation had been extended to North Korea last autumn, as the isolated communist country had sent convincing signals at the time that there might be an opportunity for dialogue, according to Roesler, a former German minister.

Last update: Wed, 13/01/2016 - 12:24
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