Former US President Carter has no plans to visit North Korea: Aide
WASHINGTON/SEOUL (REUTERS) - A representative for former United States (US) President Jimmy Carter denied reports on Monday that he was planning to visit North Korea soon to try to win the release of an American citizen being held in the reclusive nation.
South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported that Carter, 88, would be visiting soon to urge the release of Kenneth Bae, who was sentenced in May for committing crimes against North Korea.
Ms Deanna Congileo, a spokeswoman at the Carter Centre in Atlanta, said that is not the case. "President Carter has no immediate plans to visit North Korea," she said in an emailed statement.
Representatives of the Elders, an international group of former statesmen and women that includes Carter, also denied the South Korean report.