Giancarlo Elia Valori's diplomacy with North Korea
Rome, 29 May North Korea president Kim Jong Il is today regarded as a dangerous leader. But someone can testify that he and his family have helped - in similar critical moments - to 'coold own' difficult situations asd for human rights. In particular professor Giancarlo Elia Valori, president of 'La Centrale Finanziaria Generale', has met Kim Jong Il and his father the former leader Kim Il Sung, which was an old friend of him, several times. His last visit took place in 2008 and Elia Valori was the only western invited to the funerals of Kim Il Sung. Such confidential relationships have allowed Elia Valori to ask Kim Il Sung a mediation in order to convince the Iranians to free in 1988 three French hostages of Jewish origin, seized in Lebanese from Hezbollah (Jean Paul Kauffmann, journalist of the French television, Marcel Fontane and Marcel Carton, cameramen). Valori reveals an interesting detail: "In Pyongyang - he recalls - Kim introduced me to Mohsen Rafiqdoust, founder of the Pasdaran, the negotiator on the hostages issue".