Nobel Prize winners to lecture in North Korea

The Korea Times
April 18, 2016

Three Nobel Prize winners will hold lectures in North Korea, according to U.S. media outlet, Voice of America on Monday.

The lecturers for "Bridges: Dialogues Towards a Culture of Peace," are Richard Roberts, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine; Finn Kydland, winner of 2004 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences; and Aaron Ciechanover, winner of 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

They will visit Pyongyang via Beijing on Apr 29 and stay until May 1.

During their four-day visit they are expected to lecture about economic policies and development and the revolution of medical science.

The lectures will be at Kim Il-sung University, Kim Chaek University of Technology and Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.

On May 6, they will hold a press conference in Beijing to talk about their visit to North Korea.

However, with North Korea under tough international sanctions after its nuclear and long-range missile tests, the Nobel Prize winners' visit is drawing global attention.

But Uwe Morawetz, chairman of the International Peace Foundation board that is overseeing the visit, said, "The visit of the three Nobel Prize winners has nothing to do with political or diplomatic issues.

"The lecture is based on policies and development and the revolution of medical science. It is in no way related to making a political statement of any kind."