North Korea sends delegate to meeting in Iran

North Korea sends delegate to meeting in Iran

North Korea sends delegate to meeting in Iran

Updated 23 August 2012, 12:45 AEST

North Korea says it will send a representative to next week's Non-Aligned Nations meeting in Iran next week.

However, the country's president, Kim Jong-Un, won't be going.

Pyongyang's representative will be the Kim Yong-nam - president of the Supreme People's Assembly which is largely a figurehead role.

The parliament chief will also pay an official goodwill visit to Iran at the invitation of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Korean Central News Agency said.

Earlier UN chief Ban Ki-Moon confirmed he would also attend, despite strong protests from the United States and Israel, who said the UN secretary general was making a big mistake.

North Korea and Iran are both subject to international sanctions over their nuclear activities and their governments share a deep hostility towards the United States.

An Iranian delegation visited North Korea in July for talks and the two sides put forward a "common front against imperialism and hegemony", the North's state media said.

In May 2011 a UN sanctions report said the two countries were suspected of sharing banned ballistic missile technology, a charge denied by Tehran.