Japan prime minister aide Iijima ends 4-day trip to N. Korea

An adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Pyongyang by air on Friday, completing a four-day visit to North Korea, an informed source said.

Isao Iijima is believed to be heading to Beijing en route to Tokyo, the source said.

During the unannounced visit, Iijima held separate talks with No. 2 leader Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, North Korea's parliament, and Kim Yong Il, a secretary of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea who doubles as director of the party's International Department.