US envoy to visit North Korea over jailed American
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The United States (US) will send its North Korean human rights envoy to Pyongyang this week to seek the release of an imprisoned US Christian missionary, the State Department said on Tuesday.
Mr Robert King, special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, will travel to Pyongyang on Friday at the invitation of the government on a "humanitarian mission focused on securing the release of US citizen Kenneth Bae," the department said in a statement.
Mr King will ask North Korea to "pardon Mr Bae and grant him special amnesty on humanitarian grounds so that he can be reunited with his family and seek medical treatment," it added.
Bae was sentenced in April to 15 years of hard labour after North Korea's Supreme Court convicted him of state subversion.