Israeli Nobel laureate to be part of delegation to North Korea

April 18, 2016

Israeli citizen Aaron Ciechanover is one of three Nobel Prize winners set to visit North Korea this month in an effort by the International Peace Foundation to promote "silent diplomacy", the Times of Israel reported on Monday.

The three Nobel laureates are to deliver speeches and hold seminars at some of the North's top schools.

"The events will not engage in rhetoric by making political statements," according to the foundation. Its goal is rather to foster engagement with North Koreans "to establish a dialogue which could contribute to a wider understanding beyond politics and power play," Chairman Uwe Morawetz said, according to the Times of Israel.

The trip, scheduled for April 29-May 6, could coincide with a rumored North Korean nuclear test, which would be its fifth, the Times of Israel noted.

Last month, the UN Security Council imposed its toughest sanctions to date on North Korea after Pyongyang carried out its fourth nuclear test and fired a rocket that was widely seen as a disguised ballistic missile test.

This past week, the council strongly condemned North Korea's test-firing of a missile, saying that the launch violated UN resolutions even if it was a failure.

The council demanded that North Korea refrain from further actions in violation of resolutions barring Pyongyang from developing ballistic missile technology..