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DPRK's head of state to visit Moscow

By Reuters

 DPRK's head of state to visit Moscow
DPRK's head of state, Kim Yong-nam greets with Vietnam's President, Truong Tan Sang (seated), after delivering a speech at a plenary session during the Asian Africa Conference in Jakarta on April 22, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / POOL / ADEK BERRY)

SEOUL - The Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) titular head of state will travel to Moscow this month instead of the country's young leader, Kim Jong-un, for ceremonies to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two in Europe, according to state media.

On Thursday, the Kremlin had said Kim Jong-un would not be attending the events in Moscow, dashing expectations for what would have been his first overseas visit since taking power in 2011 following the death of his father, Kim Jong-il.

On Monday, Pyongyang's official KCNA news agency said Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, would visit Russia for the celebrations.

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