January 09, 2019 13:04
Pope Francis has no plan to visit North Korea anytime soon, Voice of America quoted the Vatican as saying Monday.
"At this time pope's visit to North Korea is not foreseen," Alessandro Gisotti of the Holy See Press Office told the broadcaster.
In an e-mail to VOA in early December last year, another press officer said, "I don't see it happening in 2019 ...too many other trips on the schedule, or in the plans. And they are all easier than North Korea!"
But in an address to the diplomatic corps at the Vatican the same day, Pope Francis said, "Positive signs are arriving from the Korean Peninsula."
"The Holy See regards favorably the dialogues in course and expresses the hope that they can also deal with the more complex issues in a constructive attitude and thus lead to shared and lasting solutions capable of ensuring a future of development and cooperation for the whole Korean people and for the entire region," he added.
President Moon Jae-in suggested a visit to North Korea to the pope when they met at the Vatican last October.
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