Jesse Jackson says ready to go to North Korea for prisoner
WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States (US) civil rights leader Jesse Jackson said on Monday he was ready to meet North Korea's leader to free an imprisoned American and reduce ill-will between the two countries.
US officials have said that Jackson volunteered to travel to Pyongyang after the totalitarian state abruptly canceled the visit of a US envoy, Robert King, who aimed to free Korean-American tour operator Kenneth Bae.
Jackson said in a televised interview with CNN that he had put "high hopes" in King, but after the trip was called off, wrote a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Mr Jackson said he told Mr Kim he would "like to meet with him face-to-face to seek to work out some mutual respect, some recognising each other's sovereignty, each other's will to peace".