A HIGH-LEVEL European delegation arrives in Pyongyang today to pave the way for the establishment of diplomatic relations between the European Union and North Korea.
Officials said that if all goes well, the move could take place within days. The EU team, led by the Swedish Prime Minister, Goran Persson, will press North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Il, on his country's poor human rights record and its ballistic missile programme. The team will report back to EU foreign ministers in Sweden.
The trip comes amid anxiety about the peninsula, which is the last Cold War frontier and the most militarised region in the world. After the Pyongyang summit last year between Kim Jong Il and South Korea's President, Kim Dae Jung, the two sides appeared close to settling 50 years of hostility.
Encouraged by the United States, which has 30,000 troops in the South, the two sides began diplomatic and …