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Three Nobel laureates complete visit to North Korea

Their visit came as North Korea's ruling Workers' Party was preparing to bestow its top title on leader Kim Jong Un, although the three said they had no contact with the country's top leadership.

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Nobel Prize laureate Aaron Ciechanover, left, speaks as Nobel Prize laureate Richard Roberts, second from left, International Peace Foundation founding chairman Uwe Morawetz, center, Prince Alfred of Liechtenstein, second from right, and Nobel laureate Finn E. Kydland, far right, listen at a press conference after his return from North Korea in Beijing, Saturday, May 7, 2016.

A delegation including three Nobel Prize laureates has completed a weeklong visit to North Korea in an effort to promote scientific and educational exchange in the face of tightening United Nations sanctions on the country.

Medicine prize winner Richard Roberts, economics prize winner Finn Kydland and chemistry prize winner Aaron Ciechanover told reporters in Beijing on Saturday that they met with students and academics, visited universities and research institutes, and delivered a number of lectures.

Their visit came as North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party was preparing to bestow its top title on leader Kim Jong Un, although the three said they had no contact with the country’s top leadership.

Roberts said the fact that North Korea had extended the invitation to visit showed its desire for expanded exchanges.