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Nobel Laureate to give lecture at N. Korean university: RFA

All Headlines 13:52 December 05, 2009

SEOUL, Dec. 5 (Yonhap) -- Nobel Laureate Peter Agre will give a special lecture to North Korean students and scientists during a visit to the communist country next week, a Radio Free Asia (RFA) broadcast picked up in Seoul on Saturday said.

The broadcast aired by the non-profit corporation said Agre and other U.S. scientists will visit the Kimchaek University of Technology to give his lecture and hold talks with representatives from North Korean academia to discuss ways to advance bilateral scientific cooperation

Agre is a medical doctor and molecular biologist who was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of aquaporins. He is currently the chairman of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

RFA said that the U.S. scientists will return home around Dec. 16.

It added organizer for the trip made clear that the visit by the U.S. scientists had nothing to do with the planned visit by Stephen Bosworth, Washington's special representative for North Korea policy next week.

The envoy will fly to Pyongyang Tuesday and stay there for three days before returning to Seoul on Thursday.


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