October 14, 2009 12:49
The son of the famous American evangelist Billy Graham arrived in Pyongyang Tuesday, the first visit by a U.S. aid agency official in months.
Franklin Graham was greeted by Ri Gun, the director-general of U.S. affairs at the North Korean Foreign Ministry.
Graham, who heads the ministry his father founded and the aid agency Samaritan Purse, delivers US$190,000 in equipment and supplies for a new dental school in Pyongyang.
Earlier this year Pyongyang halted all humanitarian operations by U.S. aid agencies and refused donations.
This is the third time Graham has visited North Korea since 2008. The Grahams are said to have given over $10 million in aid to the North since 1997.
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