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For the Night of 22 November 2009

North Korea-US: A group of U.S. experts on Korea is slated to visit North Korea from Nov. 21-24 to meet with officials involved in the North Korean nuclear program, Yonhap reported Nov. 21, citing anonymous sources. Korea Economic Institute (KEI) President Jack Pritchard, Center for U.S.-Korea Policy at the Asia Foundation Director Scott Snyder and KEI Director of Research and Academic Affairs Nicole Finneman are to fly to Pyongyang via Beijing, a senior diplomatic source told Yonhap

North Korea-China: Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie arrived in Pyongyang Nov. 22 for a five-day visit to North Korea, Xinhua reported. North Korean Defense Minister Kim Yong Chun hosted a welcoming ceremony for Liang's visit

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Gambia Nov. 22 for the first stop on his five-nation tour of Africa and Latin America, IRNA reported. Ahmadinejad and a political delegation were welcomed by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh at the airport in Banjul. The Iranian president will also visit Senegal, Venezuela, Bolivia and Brazil on his trip.

The Iranian air force has begun conducting the largest air defense drill in the Islamic republic's history, Arabic-language Iranian news channel Al-Alam TV reported Nov. 22. The drills are aimed at testing Iran's capability to repel an attack on the country's nuclear facilities. The simulation will run through Nov. 26, and consist of three phases; a preparatory phase, a phase for detecting enemy aircraft which would be carrying out attacks or distorting electronic systems, and a phase for the Iranian air force to engage enemy aircraft.

End of NightWatch for 22 November.

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