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Ministry doubts report on planned N. Korea trip by Jim Rogers

Diplomacy 16:26 February 14, 2019

SEOUL, Feb. 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's foreign ministry on Thursday questioned a report on a plan by Jim Rogers, a well-known investor, to visit North Korea next month.

Earlier this week, a Seoul-based newspaper, The Kyunghyang Shinmun, said Rogers received an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and intends to visit the communist nation in March. It cited an unnamed "key government official."

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has tried to confirm whether the Singapore-based investor, chairman of Rogers Holdings, will soon travel to North Korea.

It contacted Rogers and confirmed that he has "no such specific plan," a ministry official told reporters.

Rogers was quoted as saying that he's not in contact with the North and is also not aware of the reason for such a news report, the official added.

Even before the start of the peace mood on the peninsula early last year, the billionaire openly said North Korea could be a land of opportunity for global investors if businesses there become legitimate.

Jim Rogers, chairman of Rogers Holdings, in a file photo (Yonhap)

lcd@yna.co.kr
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