Jonathan Lee speaks Wednesday during an interview in Beijing. Lee, a 13-year-old American, hopes to visit North Korea this week and perhaps meet leader Kim Jong Il to pitch his idea for a “children’s peace forest” in the demilitarized zone. Lee, who was born in South Korea and lives in Mississippi, is scheduled to fly to Pyongyang today from Beijing with his parents, the family told The Associated Press. They said North Korean officials in Beijing gave them visas Wednesday night.

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